Wisconsin Weather Update

Wisconsin Weather Update for March 30, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:54 PM GMT on March 30, 2007

**Update**
Here's the link to my 250 bowling score making the local paper.
http://www.postcrescent.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070330/APC02/70330012/1892/APCsports
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TGIF!

Mad Gab Results
Shortly after sending the email version of the update, I realized I forgot to put the bonus point numbers in for yesterday's game. Since I don't send second emails unless it's a critical change, and adding them after-the-fact could be unfair to some players who might adjust when they send in their game answers to try to get the bonus points, I made a one-time change so that everyone who got all three answers correct will get a bonus point, similar to most of my other puzzle-type games I play. This notice was also posted on my online blog shortly after yesterday's update was sent.

Players: 25
Gab #1 (22/25): Sass Mister Eat = Sesame Street

Gab #2 (25/25): Abe Lube Her Douse = A bluebird house (a blue birdhouse will also be accepted)

Gab #3 (21/25): Shim Hairy Dent Whom Honey = She married into money


Spring 2007 Initial Point Standings

Total Week 1 Week 2 Name City
12 4 8 Perfect Score
12 4 8 $Greg, Madison, WI:
12 4 8 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
12 4 8 Bethany:
12 4 8 Brian F.:
12 4 8 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
12 4 8 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
12 4 8 Tony:
11 4 7 Becky T. and Dad:
10 4 6 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
10 4 6 Craig, Green Bay, WI:
10 4 6 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
10 4 6 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
10 4 6 Raessa:
9 4 5 $Brian, Madison, WI:
9 4 5 Mom:
9 4 5 Steve L.:
9 4 5 Sue, De Pere, WI:
8 4 4 $Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
8 4 4 Mary, Appleton, WI:
8 4 4 Sally:
7 4 3 Al, Germantown, WI:
7 4 3 Angela:
7 4 3 Sarah H., Appleton, WI:
6 4 2 Deb:
5 - 5 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
5 4 1 Jan, Berlin, WI:
5 - 5 Jodi, Hilton Head Island, SC:
5 2 3 John S.:
4 4 - Adam E.:
4 2 2 John E., Minneapolis, MN:
4 4 - Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
4 - 4 Morgan:
4 4 - Nicole, Madison, WI:
2 2 0 Chris Ke.:
2 2 0 Diane Sm.:
2 1 1 John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI:
2 1 1 Kelley:
2 - 2 Rhonda Lop.:
1 - 1 $Tammy, Madison, WI:



Today’s forecast grade: B-


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with isolated showers east and a line of showers and thunderstorms entering western Wisconsin, temps are in the upper 30s north, lower 40s central and the mid- to upper 40s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: The next several days look to be fairly wet as a low pressure system with a ton of moisture wrapped around it very slowly moves through the central Plains and into the western Great Lakes. Look for the rain to begin later today and continue through Sunday morning. A few thunderstorms may be embedded into these rain showers, but nothing severe is anticipated at this time.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy and breezy with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms developing later today, especially southwest. Highs upper 40s north, 50 central, and low to mid- 50s south. Chance of rain 25% north, 40% central, 60% south.

Tonight: Cloudy and breezy with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. Lows near 30 north, upper 30s central and south. Chance of rain 50% north, 70% central, 90% south.

Saturday: Cloudy and windy with showers and isolated thunderstorms likely. Highs mid- 40s north, upper 40s central, lower 50s south. Chance of rain 90%.

Sunday: Morning rain showers, then mostly cloudy with isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs near or just above 50. Chance of rain 60%.

Next Week:
Monday: Becoming breezy and temporarily warmer with another round of showers and thunderstorms developing late. Highs 58-63. Chance of rain Monday night 50%.
Tuesday: Cloudy and windy with rain showers. You are not going to like me after I say this, but the rain could change over to light snow late as much colder air is expected to flow into the state. Although it's coming one day late as you usually only get April snow on the Milwaukee Brewers' Opening Day. Highs 47-52. Chance of precip 50%.
Wednesday: Cloudy and windy. Highs 42-47 Wednesday and in the upper 30s to lower 40s to finish out next week.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine through the weekend, as usual, highs lower 70s today and upper 70s to near 80 this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Decreasing clouds today, increasing clouds on Sunday, highs mid- to upper 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated storms today, with a better chance tonight and tomorrow. Dry on Sunday. Highs 75-80.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered showers and thunderstorms today and tomorrow, dry on Sunday. Highs mid- to upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


Weather in the News:

Twister throws woman into tree, kills her
• Four people killed in three states by tornadoes
• 65 tornado reports in 5 states
• Dozens of cattle killed, injured in Colorado
• Texas floods lead to auto accidents, high-water rescues
HOLLY, Colorado (AP) -- A massive spring storm spawned dozens of tornadoes from the Rockies to the Plains, killing at least four people in three states, including a woman who was flung into a tree by a twister as wide as two football fields.
Sixty-five tornadoes were reported late Wednesday in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska, the National Weather Service said. The storms continued Thursday afternoon, with a tornado injuring at least five people in Oklahoma City.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/03/29/spring.storm.ap/index.html

Scientists: Antarctic ice sheet thinning
• Antarctica's Amundsen Sea Embayment is undergoing rapid changes
• Scientists blame the melting ice on changing winds around Antarctica
• Amundsen holds enough water to raise world sea levels close to 20 feet
HOUSTON, Texas (Reuters) -- A Texas-sized piece of the Antarctic ice sheet is thinning, possibly due to global warming, and could cause the world's oceans to rise significantly, polar ice experts said on Wednesday.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/03/29/antarctic.ice.reut/index.html

Updated: 12:58 PM GMT on March 30, 2007

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 29, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:30 PM GMT on March 29, 2007

**Update**
Shortly after sending the email version of the update, I realized I forgot to put the bonus point numbers in for Mad Gab. Since I don't send second emails unless it's a critical change, and adding them after-the-fact could be unfair to some players who might adjust when they send in their game answers to try to get the bonus points, I will make a one-time change so that everyone who got all three answers correct will get a bonus point, similar to most of my other puzzle-type games I play.
****

Good Thursday morning!

Mad Gab
The last game before the first point standings of the new season is today. Have fun!

Gab #1: Sass Mister Eat

Gab #2: Abe Lube Her Douse

Gab #3: Shim Hairy Dent Whom Honey

Rules and How to Play
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Bryce News
Bryce has advanced to the next stage of his toddler life - being able to crawl out of his crib at will. He has crawled/fallen out of his crib 2-3 times before, but yesterday he discovered how easy it was for him to do this and accomplished the feat several times during naptime, crabbytime and bedtime. He crawled out again around 6:15am this morning too, and brought me a diaper just as I was starting to write my update. And let me tell you, mommy and daddy are thrilled over this latest development.


Bowling
I bowled a 192, 250 and a 203 last night, which will be good enough to get me into tomorrow's paper. I missed my series getting in the paper by 5 pins (645 series) but the 250 game was interesting. I had the "Dutch 200" thing going through the first six frames where you spare, strike, spare, strike, etc. If you do that through the entire game, you're guaranteed a 200 game. I blew it in the 7th frame when I hit two strikes in a row, then figured I might as well just run the table, which I did by getting the last seven strikes in a row that game. Our team won by only one pin that game too, meaning I needed each one of those to win the game. And best of all is that our team clinched first place for the second half of the season, and we play for the league championship next Wednesday!


Today’s forecast grade: B-


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds and isolated showers, temps are in the upper 30s north, near 40 central and the lower 40s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: High pressure to the northeast is keeping most of the showers and thunderstorms out of Wisconsin today, but it's too far away to prevent these clouds from lingering. Strong storms in the Midwest yesterday and today will eventually make it here, so look for a much more wet Friday and Saturday compared to the isolated showers we may or may not see here today. The Storm Prediction Center is not expecting any of this weekend's storms to become severe, though.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy, breezy, and warmer, maybe an isolated shower. High of 53 north and central, mid- 50s south. Chance of rain 20%.

Tonight: Cloudy, breezy, maybe a shower closer to morning. Lows near 40 central and south, lower 30s north. Chance of rain 25%.

Tomorrow: Cloudy and breezy with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing, especially later in the day. Highs upper 40s north, low to mid- 50s central, and upper 50s south. Chance of rain 40% during the day, 70% after sunset.

Extended:
Saturday: Cloudy and breezy with more scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 52-57. Chance of rain 80%.
Sunday: Cloudy and breezy with scattered showers eventually ending. Highs 53-58. Chance of rain 50%.
Next Week’s Outlook: Look for a chance of showers Monday night and Tuesday, then a dry and cool weather pattern starts to emerge. Highs in the low to mid- 50s Monday and Tuesday but perhaps only in the low to mid- 40s after that! Winter has not entirely lost its grasp yet!


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs upper 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Morning fog, then cloudy and breezy with isolated showers. Highs mid- 60s.
Patchy fog will persist across southeast South Carolina and southeast Georgia until 9 am. In isolated locations...fog will briefly reduce visibility to less than one-quarter of a mile. If you plan to drive in the region early this Wednesday morning... remain alert for rapid changes in visibility. When encountering fog...use your low beam headlights...and slow your driving speed.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Becoming partly cloudy, breezy, highs lower 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Isolated thundershowers, highs lower 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


Weather in the News:

Deadly storm system brings snow, tornadoes
• At least three injured in Texas Panhandle
• Severe weather expected to move across Kansas
• Possible tornado kills two in Oklahoma Panhandle
• Watches, warnings stretch from South Dakota to Texas
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) -- Residents of the Plains states huddled for cover early Thursday as a major storm system that has killed at least two people moved through the region, bringing heavy snow and tornadoes to some areas.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/03/29/spring.storm.ap/index.html
http://www.weather.com/maps/maptype/severeusnational/usseverestormdamage_large.html?par=cnn&site=ww w.cnn.com&cm_ven=CNN&cm_cat=www.cnn.com&cm_pla=HomePagePromo&cm_ite=Maps

Updated: 1:54 PM GMT on March 29, 2007

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 28, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:05 PM GMT on March 28, 2007

Good Wednesday morning!

Family Feud Results
If it was me voting for number one, based on personal experience with our little Yorkie-Poo Kozmo, I would have said "air."

Players: 34
Topic #1: Name something that a dog sees that causes him to bark
Another Dog (13) - 2 points
Mailman (6) - 1 point
Strangers/Intruder (5)
Car (2)
Cat (2)
People (2)
Rabbit
Squirrel
Another Animal
The dog's owner

Topic #2: A hygiene product that a slob doesn't use
Deodorant (16) - 2 points
Soap (11) - 1 point
Toothbrush/Toothpaste (3)
Comb (2)
Shampoo
Napkin


Today’s forecast grade: C


Record Reports: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
... Final tally of all records broken across northeast and central Wisconsin on March 26th...

... high temperature records broken...

City temperature old record/year

Antigo 73 67 set in 1921
Rhinelander 73 66 set in 1945
Sturgeon Bay 76 68 set in 1925
Wausau 77 69 set in 1991
green bay(nws) 78 70 set in 1998
Manitowoc 79 70 set in 1925
Marshfield 79 70 set in 1991
Stevens Point 79 69 set in 1928
Oshkosh 80 71 set in 1998
Appleton 81 70 set in 1991
Wisconsin Rapids 82 74 set in 1925
------------------------------------------------------------------------

... high minimum temperature records broken...

City temperature old record/year

Manitowoc 50 46 set in 2004
Marshfield 51 50 set in 1945
Wisconsin Rapids 53 52 set in 1945
Stevens Point 54 48 set in 2004
Sturgeon Bay 55 46 set in 1945
green bay(nws) 55 51 set in 2007
Appleton 58 51 set in 2007
Oshkosh 61 49 set in 1945
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... earliest 80 degree day set...

City temperature old record/date

Appleton 81 80 set on 3/29/1910
Oshkosh 80 83 set on 3/29/1910
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
... Record high minimum temperatures at Milwaukee and Madison for March 26...

A record high minimum temperature of 63 degrees was reached at
Milwaukee on Monday March 26 at 708 am CDT. This breaks the previous
record high minimum temperature of 57... which was set in 1998.

In addition... the record high minimum temperature of 63 on Monday
March 26 set the all time record high minimum temperature for March
at Milwaukee. The previous all time record high minimum temperature
for March at Milwaukee was 60... set on March 24 1910.

A record high minimum temperature of 59 degrees was reached at
Madison on Monday March 26 at 633 am CDT. This breaks the previous
record high minimum temperature of 55... which was set in 1998.

In addition... the record high minimum temperature of 59 on Monday
March 26 set the all time record high minimum temperature for March
at Madison. The previous all time record high minimum temperature
for March at Madison was 58... set on March 14 1990.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds and scattered showers, temps are in the mid- 30s north, near 40 central and the mid- 40s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Anything you were planning on saving for a rainy day, might as well be done today. A lot of moisture associated with a stationary front to our south will keep scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in Wisconsin today.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy and windy with on-and-off showers and isolated thunderstorms throughout the day. High of 47 north and central, lower 50s south. Chance of rain 70%.

Tonight: Cloudy and breezy with scattered showers ending overnight. Lows mid- to upper 30s central and south, upper 20s north. Chance of rain 40%.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny and breezy. Maybe a late-day shower west. Highs lower 50s north and central, mid- 50s south.

This Weekend:
Friday: Cloudy and breezy with scattered showers developing. Highs 54-59. Chance of rain 50%.
Saturday: Cloudy and breezy with scattered showers. Highs 55-60. Chance of rain 70%.
Sunday: Partly sunny, highs 56-61. Highs next week Tuesday and Wednesday might only make it into the 40s though.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, breezy, highs mid- 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Morning fog, then partly cloudy, highs lower 70s.
Patchy fog will persist across southeast South Carolina and southeast Georgia until 9 am. In isolated locations...fog will briefly reduce visibility to less than one-quarter of a mile. If you plan to drive in the region early this Wednesday morning... remain alert for rapid changes in visibility. When encountering fog...use your low beam headlights...and slow your driving speed.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Morning fog, then partly cloudy, highs lower 80s.
... Record high temperature set at Galveston...
A record high temperature of 79 degrees was set at Galveston
yesterday. This ties the old record of 79 set in 1907.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs mid- 70s.
A large mass of showers and thunderstorms will move east out of southwest Indiana and the pennyrile region of west Kentucky this morning. A period of moderate to heavy rainfall can still be expected in the Petersburg and Santa Claus areas in Indiana...and in the Owensboro...Calhoun...Greenville and Elkton areas in Kentucky before 900 am. Other scattered showers and thunderstorms may move back into the area by 9 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


Weather in the News:

Wild Weather Strikes Southern California
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Volatile weather swept through Southern California on Tuesday, delivering downpours, hail, snow, and fierce winds that capsized boats and toppled power lines and trees. Nearly 185,000 customers lost power.
The roof was torn off the Orange County Fire Authority's aviation building, and harbor patrol officers made rescues in Newport Bay and offshore.
http://apnews1.iwon.com//article/20070328/D8O52T1G0.html


In Case You Missed It:

'Ask a Ninja,' OK Go win YouTube Awards
• YouTube honors the the best videos of 2006
• Pop band OK Go wins for "Here It Goes Again"
• "Ask a Ninja" wins for best series over Lonelygirl15
• "Free Hugs Campaign" wins for most inspirational video
NEW YORK (AP) -- The video series "Ask a Ninja" and OK Go's treadmill-choreographed music video are among the winners in the first YouTube Video Awards.
The video-sharing site announced the seven winners from its inaugural awards on Monday, a week after the nominees were put forth for voting.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/internet/03/26/youtube.awards.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 27, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:37 PM GMT on March 27, 2007

Good Tuesday morning!

Family Feud
The first full week of games for the Spring 2007 season starts right now! If you haven't played before but have kinda wanted to, now's a great time to jump in and answer some fun Feud topics. Try to guess the #1 answer to the following:

Topic #1: Name something that a dog sees that causes him to bark

Topic #2: A hygiene product that a slob doesn't use

Rules and How to Play
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Spring 2007 Game Schedule

Week #1:
Family Feud
Mad Gab
Week #2:
Chain Reaction
TriBond
Week #3:
Match Game
Outburst
Week #4:
Would You Rather...
Wheel of Fortune


Today’s forecast grade: C+


Record Reports: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
... Record high temperatures set across northeast and central Wisconsin
through 7 PM CDT...

City temperature old record/date

Antigo 72 67 set in 1921
Appleton 81 70 set in 1991
Green Bay 78 70 set in 1998
Manitowoc 79 70 set in 1925
Marshfield 79 70 set in 1991
Oshkosh 80 71 set in 1998
Rhinelander 73 66 set in 1945
Stevens Point 81 69 set in 1928
Sturgeon Bay 73 68 set in 1925
Wausau 77 69 set in 1991
Wisconsin Rapids 82 74 set in 1925
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
... Record high temperatures at Milwaukee and Madison...

A record high temperature of 80 degrees was reached at Milwaukee
today at 322 PM CDT. This breaks the previous record of 75... which
was set in 1998.

A record high temperature of 79 degrees was reached at Madison today
at 344 PM CDT. This breaks the previous record of 76... which was set
in 1907.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds, temps are in the low to mid- 40s north, lower 50s central and mid- to upper 50s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A cold front is moving through Wisconsin this morning, and while almost all of the precipitation is staying south of the badger state, colder winds from the north behind the front will make last night's low temperatures almost the same as today's high temperatures.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy, windy and cooler with isolated thundershowers south. Overnight we had a high of 63 central, 62 south, and 53 north, but look for daytime highs near 50 north, mid- 50s central and near 60 south. Chance of rain 50% south, 30% central, 20% north.

Tonight: Cloudy and windy with scattered showers. Lows upper 30s central and south, near 30 north. Chance of rain 60%.

Tomorrow: Cloudy and still windy with more showers likely. Highs upper 40s. Chance of rain 80%.

Extended:
Thursday: Partly sunny, breezy, highs 52-57.
Friday: Mostly cloudy and breezy with scattered thundershowers. Highs 56-61. Chance of rain 30%.
Saturday: Cloudy and windy with showers likely. Highs 57-62. Chance of rain 70%.
Sunday: Morning showers, then partial clearing and cooler. Highs 51-56. Chance of rain 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Windy with isolated thunderstorms. Highs lower 60s.
Wind Advisory in effect until 4 PM PDT this afternoon...
Southwest winds will continue across Clark and Lincoln counties
this morning as a strong area of low pressure and associated cold
front approach. Southwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gust to 50 mph
are possible... particularly along the western portions of the Las
Vegas Valley... where enhanced downslope winds are likely to occur.
The wind will become more westerly across the region by late
morning and then turn to the northwest during the afternoon as a
cold front moves through the area. These winds will likely produce
areas of blowing dust or sand. The strong winds will taper off
late this afternoon as the storm begins to exit the Great Basin.

A Wind Advisory means that winds of 30 to 39 mph and... or
frequent wind gusts of 40 mph or greater are expected. Winds this
strong can make driving difficult... especially for high profile
vehicles. Use extra caution.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Morning fog, then decreasing clouds, highs mid- 70s.
Patchy fog will impact the area through 830 am. The fog may become locally dense at times with visibilities dropping below 1/4 mile. The fog will be the most dense near rivers...creeks...ditches and other low lying areas. Motorists are encouraged to use extra caution while driving this morning and use low beam headlights when fog is encountered. The fog will quickly burn off after sunrise.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Decreasing clouds, highs upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Storms tonight, record highs in the lower 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


Weather in the News:

Study: Global warming may create 'novel' climates
• Study: Global warming may destroy some climates and create new ones
• Rain forests could face unexpected changes, species may stuggle to adapt
• Current climates in the Peruvian and Colombian Andes may disappear
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some climates may disappear from Earth entirely, not just from their current locations, while new climates could develop if the planet continues to warm, a study says.
Such changes would endanger some plants and animals while providing new opportunities for others, said John W. Williams, an assistant professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/03/26/climate.change.ap/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

Scientists Powering Batteries with Soda, Tree Sap
BobB writes "St. Louis University researchers have concocted batteries fueled by almost any kind of sugar, from tree sap to flat soda, and that could be used to power everything from computers to cell phones. Their thinking: If sugar can jack up the human body, why not electronics?"
http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/12886
http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/03/26/132218&from=rss

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 26, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:30 PM GMT on March 26, 2007

Happy Monday,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update and I hope you all had a great weekend. We had a fun and busy weekend. Friday, we had our private ballroom dance lesson where we learned some new moves for the waltz. Saturday, Steve and I each did separate activities out of town. Steve went to his step-brother Brian's bachelor party in Mukwonago and North Prairie, where they did an afternoon of paintballing at The Siege, then a cookout afterwards, while I went to Brian's fiancee Jenn's bachelorette party in Eagle, where we played games and enjoyed their hot tub until late in the night. We both had a great time. Sunday was our day at home to catch up on things that needed to get done around the house.

Bryce update:
Not much is new with Bryce except that he had a 100.6 fever on Friday and had to miss most of his day at daycare. His fever was gone by midday on Saturday and he seemed back to his normal self again. Of course, now mommy and daddy are enjoying his most-recent present with neither of us feeling very good this morning. Bryce is starting to say more words, such as "uh oh!" or "oh no!" when something falls or if dropped garbage misses its intended target, and "all gone" if his new straw-sippy is in need of a refill. He also will wash his hands if he sees you washing yours. He will go into the bathroom, pull up the step-stool, climb up, turn on the water, get his hands wet, reach for the soap dispenser, attempts to push it down (he's still having a hard time with this part!), rinses his hands, then dries them off with a nearby towel. He learned it from the YMCA Child Learning Center, as they always make kids wash their hands before each meal and after outdoor playtime. Imagine our surprise when he did this at home for the first time, all in perfect sequence!
Well that wraps up our update, have a great week.


Today’s forecast grade: A


Record Reports: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
... Record high temperatures across central and northeast Wisconsin...

Record high temperatures were established across northeast and central
Wisconsin during the late afternoon. The following readings are through
7 PM CDT.

City temperature old record/date

Oshkosh 77 70 set in 1910 and 1939
Appleton 75 68 set in 1939
Green Bay 73 69 set in 1939
Wisconsin Rapids 78 71 set in 1939
Marshfield 77 72 set in 1928
Stevens Point 79 75 set in 1939
Wausau 74 71 set in 1939
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
... Record high temperatures at Milwaukee and Madison...

A record high temperature of 79 degrees was reached at Milwaukee
today at 127 PM CDT. This breaks the previous record of 72... which
was set in 1986... 1939... and 1910.

A record high temperature of 77 degrees was reached at Madison today
at 158 PM CDT. This breaks the previous record of 73... which was set
in 1939.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds north and sunshine south, temps are already 15 degrees above our normal high temperature: in the low to mid- 50s north, near 60 central and the lower 60s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Yesterday was an interesting day weatherwise as extremely mild air moved into Wisconsin and helped spawn several severe thunderstorms, most of which were in north-central and west-central Wisconsin. As for today, we're between a warm front to our east and a cold front to our west, so another day of very mild weather can be expected with most of us getting into the 70s again and even a few 80s possible south. It won't last though, because after that cold front comes through, we'll be back in the 50s, which is still above our normal high for this time of the year. Look for a chance of rain pretty much every day this week, too, so make sure you get out and enjoy today.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly sunny and again very mild. An isolated thunderstorm possible later this afternoon. Record highs near 70 north, 74 central, and upper 70s to near 80 again south. Chance of a storm 20%.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy and breezy with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms, more likely to the south. Lows lower 50s central and south, lower 40s north. Chance of rain 20% north and central, 40% south.

Tomorrow: Cloudy, breezy and cooler with more scattered showers isolated thunderstorms, becoming more likely tomorrow night. Highs lower 50s north, mid- to upper 50s central, and near 60 south. Chance of rain 50% during the day, 70% overnight.

Extended:
Wednesday: Cloudy, cooler and windy with showers and isolated thunderstorms. Highs 48-53. Chance of rain 70%.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy, breezy, another chance of showers late. Highs 53-58. Chance of rain 40%.
Friday: Cloudy and breezy with more showers. Highs 54-59. Chance of rain 60%.
Saturday: Morning showers, then decreasing clouds. Highs 53-58. Chance of rain 30%.
Sunday: Cooler, another round of scattered showers. Highs 47-52. Chance of rain 30%. You didn't honestly think every day would be in the 70s now, did you?


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly sunny, breezy, highs lower 80s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Cloudy, cooler, highs upper 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated thunderstorms today with a better chance of them tonight. Breezy, highs upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Partly sunny, highs near 80.
... Record maximum temperature tied at Evansville in for March 25th...

At 126 PM Sunday afternoon... the temperature reached 82 degrees at
the Evansville regional Airport. This ties the record set on this
date in 1929. Even with southerly winds of 10 mph... it is unlikely
that the high temperature will increase during the remaining
afternoon hours.

The temperature of 82 degrees is only 5 degrees below the official
all time high temperature of 87 degrees for the month of March at
Evansville. The all time high was set on March 24th 1929. And an
afternoon high of 82 is 22 degrees above the normal high of 60
degrees.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


Weather in the News:

Record Wisconsin Temps Spawn Severe Storms
(WFRV) GREEN BAY A wild day of weather began with a dense fog and ended with dangerous storms crossing Wisconsin.
At least one funnel cloud was reported to the National Weather Service by an observer on Sunday night in Menominee County near Neopit around 8 p.m.
http://wfrv.com/local/local_story_084235131.html

A change in climate: Global warming in Wisconsin
Following the example of her pioneering father, Nina Leopold Bradley has documented our warming planet's effects on our state. The trend has us heading toward a new climate. Right now we're at the brink.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=581844

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 23, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 2:25 PM GMT on March 23, 2007

TGIF!

TriBond Results
So far so good with most players getting all three correct for four points. No point standings after one day though - the first standings of the new season will be in next Friday's update.

Players: 33
TriBond #1 (32/33): Louis, Neil, Stretch = All have the last name Armstrong
Other Answers: Flying

TriBond #2 (30/33): A Mad Housewife, Anne Frank, Bridget Jones = They wrote Diaries
Other Answers: All female.

TriBond #3 (31/33): A Divorcee, A Pirates Map, Hugs-and Kisses symbols = They all have X's (Exes)
Other Answers: XXXs and OOOs


Rules Clarification
Several people asked me about the new 'no search' rule I'm asking people to abide by this season. Here's one comment:

"In terms of search engines-- what about when we can't quite remember the spelling/name of whatever (cartoon characters from the Flintstones that has Stoney-something in his name, for example) we're looking for? Then, what about using dictionaries- online or otherwise- to help with things like Chain Reaction or Wheel of Fortune?"

I think for cases like this, using dictionaries or searching just to get the proper spelling is fine. What I want to avoid is people getting stumped by a TriBond, searching for "Louis, Neil, Stretch" and getting the correct answer "Armstrong." I've heard of people doing searches for other games I play, and finding the answer on another blog that's also playing the same game. It was never disallowed before, and I still can't officially police it, but I believe that searching for that specific reason (and submitting that answer for credit) is considered cheating.

If you want to discuss this further, please make a comment on my message board!
http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries?gbID=119493


Today’s forecast grade: A


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine mixed with a few high clouds, temps are in the mid- to upper 30s across the state.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Me thinks you guys will all really like the weather outside today. Sunshine, birds chirping, grass getting greener and greener by the day, and best of all, warm spring air! There are clouds with scattered showers just south of the Wisconsin border, so folks in northern Illinois might argue my forecast grade of "A" today, but most of us will hopefully have a pretty good TGIF. Next week looks even warmer with expected highs in the 60s, but scattered thundershowers may dampen some of the enjoyment (or increase it if you're like me and enjoy thunderstorms!)
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly cloudy and warmer today. A few more clouds with perhaps an isolated shower in far southern Wisconsin and Illinois. Highs mid- 50s north, 57 central, and near 60 south. Chance of rain south 25%.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows near 40 central and south, near 30 north.

Saturday: Partly cloudy central, partly sunny with isolated showers possible again south. Highs mid- 50s north, upper 50s central and near 60 again south. Chance of rain 25% central, 40% south.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy and breezy with scattered thundershowers. Highs mid- to upper 50s. Chance of rain 50%.

Next Week:
Monday: Mostly cloudy, breezy and even warmer with more scattered thundershowers. Highs 63-68. Chance of rain 50%.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, more scattered thundershowers. Highs 62-67. Chance of rain 35%.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, scattered thunderstorms developing Wednesday night. Highs 62-67. Chance of rain 50%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy through the weekend, highs upper 70s today, near 80 tomorrow, and lower 80s Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy through Sunday, highs in the 80s inland, 70s near the coast.
Patchy dense fog will impact much of southern South Carolina and southeast Georgia through 8 am. Visibilities will occasionally drop below 1/4 mile at times...particularly near rivers...ditches and other low lying areas. Motorists are encouraged to use extra caution while driving this morning and use low beam headlights when fog is encountered. The fog will quickly burn off after sunrise.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy through the weekend, with a very slight chance of a evening thunderstorm each night.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Storms today, some sunshine this weekend, highs lower 70s today and upper 70s this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


Weather in the News:

WHERE HAVE ALL THE TD'S GONE...LONG TIME PASSING?
When we talk about trends in Atlantic Basin tropical cyclones there are many interesting sides to the problem. Global warming's influence on tropical cyclones has been in the news lately and has been hotly debated among scientists. A few details on that problem near the top of the list are; 1) trends in how well we can see and measure tropical storms and hurricanes and 2) the overall short record we have on global tropical cyclone behavior.
http://www.weather.com/blog/weather/8_12076.html?par=cnn&site=www.cnn.com&cm_ven=CNN&cm_cat=www.cnn .com&cm_pla=HomePagePromo&cm_ite=Other


In Case You Missed It:

Was Houdini murdered? Exhumation may bring answer
• Houdini's great-nephew wants to exhume the magician's body for testing
• There is suspicion that Houdini may have been poisoned
• There are inconsistencies on death certificate and suspicious circumstances
• Book says Spiritualists hated Houdini because he debunked their seances
NEW YORK (AP) -- For all of his death-defying stunts, Harry Houdini could not escape the Grim Reaper. The unparalleled performer, age 52, died on Halloween 1926, taking with him many of his trade secrets. Rumors he was murdered, however, soon took on a life of their own.
Eighty-one years later, Houdini's great-nephew wants to exhume the escape artist's body to determine if he was poisoned by enemies for his efforts to debunk their claims of contact with the dead.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/LAW/03/23/houdini.murder.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 22, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:38 PM GMT on March 22, 2007

Good Thursday morning!

The Spring 2007 Season Begins Today!
The moment you've been waiting days for is finally here...the Spring 2007 season starts right now! Scores are back to zero and everyone is welcome to play and have fun! I didn't get much feedback about how I should make changes to the new season, so I will go on the assumption that things are good as-is with just some minor game and rule changes:
#1: I am asking all of you to not use any search engine when trying to find the answers to any of my games.
#2: iMAgiNiff... is gone, and TriBond returns!

TriBond Finally Returns!

TriBond #1:
Louis
Neil
Stretch

TriBond #2:
A Mad Housewife
Anne Frank
Bridget Jones

TriBond #3:
A Divorcee
A Pirates Map
Hugs-and Kisses symbols

Rules and How to Play (updated!)
Three words are given that all have something in common. Your job is to tell me what these words have in common. Three puzzles are given and people get one point for each correct answer. If you get all three puzzles correct, you will receive a bonus point. Also, if less than half of the people who respond get a TriBond correct, those who did get it right will receive an extra point.

I know that some of you may be tempted to Google the answers if you're stumped on a particular puzzle. I'm not going to verify that each puzzle is ungooglable (is that a word?), but please resist the temptation and don't do it for this or any other game. I can't really police this though, so if you do end up searching to find the answer, I hope you have just a little bit more guilt about doing so than you would have otherwise.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Today’s forecast grade: B


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds giving way to some sunshine, and also some wind, temps are in the mid- 30s north, lower 40s central and mid- 40s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: You know what's more fun than a loud March thunderstorm? A loud March thunderstorm during a bowling league. Talk about booms and crashes coming from all angles! Parts of southern Wisconsin were briefly under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning early evening yesterday for hail up to 1" in diameter and strong winds. As for today, the winds and clouds will eventually go away, and cooler, drier air will be moving into Wisconsin behind a cold front that's still stretching across southeastern Wisconsin this morning.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning clouds and winds giving way to sunshine and calmer winds as the morning progresses. We had an overnight high temperature of 61 south, 55 central, and 46 north, but look for daytime highs in the mid- 40s north, near 50 central, and low to mid- 50s south.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows upper 20s north, low to mid- 30s central, and mid- to upper 30s south.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, a 30% chance of showers south. Highs lower 50s north and central, mid- 50s south.

Extended:
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, maybe a thundershower, highs 53-58. Chance of rain 30%.
Sunday: Increasing clouds and winds with a better chance of showers and thunderstorms late. Highs 56-61. Chance of rain 50%.
Next Week’s Outlook: Look for another round of showers and thunderstorms Monday and again late on Wednesday. Highs look to stay in the 50s with lows in the 30s.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs mid- 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Decreasing clouds, highs upper 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy, breezy, highs upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs lower 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


Weather in the News:

Images show sun's dynamic, turbulent nature
• New pictures of the sun's magnetic field shows twisting plumes of gas
• This solar turbulence may power storms which can affect Earth
• Hinode spacecraft mission a joint venture with NASA and Japan
• Observations may help explain and predict space weather
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- X-ray images taken from a new international spacecraft show that the sun's magnetic field is much more turbulent than scientists knew, NASA reported Wednesday.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/space/03/21/sun.images.reut/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 21, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:07 PM GMT on March 21, 2007

Good Wednesday morning!

I've been using "north", "central" and "south" in my updates for years now, but it occurred to me that some of you might not know exactly where I'm referring to when I use those terms. I'd like to take just a quick moment here and explain how I use these locations in my Wisconsin Forecast.

North = Pretty much just Rhinelander. I have two readers from the land of the Hodag so I will include "north" in today's forecast, and occasionally in the rest of the forecast as well if something significant looks to affect that area differently than the rest of the state.
Central = Many of my newest readers are from the Fox Valley area - Appleton, De Pere/Green Bay, Oshkosh, and also Berlin.
South = Many of my long-time readers are from Madison and Oconomowoc, with friends and family also living in Mukwonago and Germantown.
Northern Illinois = Two of my readers live either in or not too far from Chicago, so I will occasionally mention them as well if conditions merit their specific mention. Otherwise, just add a few degrees to my "south" high temperature and you're all set.

It's very tricky writing up a forecast for the whole state in only 30 minutes, which is why I focus mostly on central and southern Wisconsin (where most of my readers live). Still, I hope you all get some use out of it and enjoy it along with the games played on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


Today’s forecast grade: B-


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
Scattered showers will continue in the Fox Valley during the early morning. Temperatures are a bit above freezing...but some untreated roads and sidewalks could be below freezing and slippery. The showers will likely diminish for awhile after 8am...and then increase again later this morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 8am with clouds across the state and isolated rain showers central with more widespread rain showers south and into Illinois, temps are mostly in the mid- 30s all around Wisconsin.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Monday's high temperatures were several degrees warmer than anticipated (upper 40s central, mid- 50s south), while yesterday's high temperatures were several degrees colder than expected (mid- 30s central, upper 30s to lower 40s south). It's amazing how this works - people generally don't seem to mind if the high temp is much warmer than what was originally forecast, but if it's the other way around, it's best to leave the house with a security detail.
As for today, the first full day of Spring is coming in with a bang! Rain showers will become more widespread during the day today, with thunderstorms moving in this afternoon and evening from Iowa. Southwestern Wisconsin is under a slight risk for severe weather with large hail and strong winds the primary threats.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy, breezy and warmer with scattered showers becoming more prevalent by later this morning. Thunderstorms may develop this afternoon and evening. Highs mid- to upper 40s north, 52 central, and mid- to upper 50s south. Chance of rain 90%.

Tonight: Cloudy and breezy with more showers and thunderstorms. Lows near 40 central and south, near 30 north. Chance of rain 90%.

Tomorrow: After a morning shower, look for decreasing clouds, winds and temperatures. Highs mid- 40s north, upper 40s central, and lower 50s south.

This Weekend:
Friday: Becoming mostly cloudy, maybe a shower late. Highs 53-58. Chance of rain Friday night 25%.
Saturday: Partly sunny, maybe a morning or evening shower. Highs 57-62. Chance of rain 30%.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 52-57. Chance of rain 40%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly sunny, cooler, highs only near 70. Brrr!
... Record high minimum temperature tied in Las Vegas yesterday...
The low temperature in Las Vegas on Tuesday March 20th was 58
degrees. This tied the previous high minimum record of 58 degrees
set in 2004.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy, isolated showers, highs mid- 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Isolated showers, then decreasing clouds. Breezy, highs upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Partly sunny, highs mid- 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


Weather in the News:

Bill Clinton, Al Gore return to Washington
• Gore prepares testimony to Congress about global warming issues
• Former vice president addresses audience of institutional investors
• Clinton headlines wife's fundraiser pulling in more than $2.7 million
• Sen. Clinton on husband: "I sure can make him ambassador to the world"
WASHINGTON (AP) -- "Bill and Al's excellent adventure" ended tensely in the Clinton impeachment crisis and the Gore election loss -- the heady '92 campaign a distant memory. Now they're back in Washington, two policy wonks cutting up the rug in the capital once more.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/03/21/gore.ap/index.html

Looks like we're going to have slightly above normal temperatures over the next couple months...or so they say. :)
Climate Prediction Center March-May Temperature Outlook
http://www.weather.com/maps/activity/weddings/spring/us90daytemperature_large.html?par=cnn&site=www .cnn.com&cm_ven=CNN&cm_cat=www.cnn.com&cm_pla=HomePagePromo&cm_ite=Maps


In Case You Missed It:

The Air Car Nears Completion
According to an article on Gizmag, Tata, India's largest automotive manufacturer, has developed a car that runs on compressed air. It costs less than $3 USD to fill a tank on which it can run for 200 to 300km. The car will cost about USD $7,300 and has a top speed of 68mph. About once every 50,000 km you have to change the oil (1 liter of vegetable oil). Initial plans are to produce 3,000 cars per year.
http://www.gizmag.com/go/7000/
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/03/19/2128249&from=rss

Thanks Chad for the link!
Final Potter book: 784 'green' pages
• "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows": 784 pages
• Publisher has made commitment to enviro-approved paper
• First printing a whopping 12 million copies
NEW YORK (AP) -- The printing for the final Harry Potter book will not only be the biggest, but also the greenest.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/books/03/20/books.greenpotter.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 20, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:48 PM GMT on March 20, 2007

Good Tuesday morning!

No games today - the new Spring 2007 season will begin this Thursday. One game is going away and another makes a long-awaited return. If you have any ideas on how I can make the new season even better, please send them in!


Today’s forecast grade: B


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine, temps are near 10 north, near 20 central and in the mid- 20s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Well, the colder air behind yesterday's front took a little longer to move in, so yesterday felt a little warmer than Meteorologists were expecting. The same will probably not hold true for today though, as high pressure to our north has brought us sunshine but colder temperatures. That will change sooner rather than later, as an upper-air jet stream ridge will have mild winds flowing through the state by tomorrow.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly sunny and becoming breezy. Highs upper 30s north, 41 central, and mid- to upper 40s south.

Tonight: Breezy and becoming cloudy with a chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms, mostly south. Lows not nearly as cold overnight, mid- 20s north, near 30 central, and mid- 30s south. Chance of rain 20% north, 25% central, 50% south.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, still breezy and much warmer with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Southwestern Wisconsin is actually under a slight risk for severe weather...I haven't had to use that phrase in about six months! Highs upper 40s north, lower 50s central, and upper 50s south. Don't be too surprised to see a few spots hit 60 either! Chance of rain 60% during the day and 80% overnight.

Extended:
Thursday: Maybe a morning shower, otherwise becoming partly sunny and a little cooler again. Highs 49-54.
Friday: Partly sunny, maybe an isolated thundershower late. Highs 51-56. Chance of rain 30%.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, scattered thundershowers developing later in the day again from south to north. Highs 52-57. Chance of rain 40%.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy and breezy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 55-60. Chance of rain 50%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly sunny, breezy, highs upper 70s.
... Record high minimum temperature broken in Las Vegas yesterday...
The low temperature in Las Vegas on Monday March 19th was 60
degrees. This broke the previous high minimum record of 58 degrees
set in 2004.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy, highs upper 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Becoming partly cloudy, breezy, highs mid- 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs near 60.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


In Case You Missed It:

Stamp goes to 41 cents in May; forever stamp OK'd
• New forever stamp will always be valid no matter how much rates increase
• First-class letter will be 41 cents; cost for each additional ounce, 17 cents
• Forever stamp could go on sale as soon as next month
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The cost of mailing a letter will go up on May 14, but you'll be able to lock in that price -- no matter how rates rise in the future -- by buying the new "forever" stamp.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/03/19/postal.rate.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 19, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:34 AM GMT on March 18, 2007

Happy Monday,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update and I hope you all had a great weekend. Steve and I were couch potatoes on Thursday through Sunday watching the NCAA Men's College Basketball Tournament. Bryce joined us in watching some of the games too. Steve's dad also came over on Friday afternoon to watch the games with us. Saturday evening, my friend Lisa and I went to a scrapbooking event at the Archiver's store in Appleton. For $15, we got use of their room, tools, and food and beverages. It was a lot of fun and we made a lot of progress on Bryce's book. Sunday was church and in the afternoon my mom and I took Bryce to Wild Air. It's a place with lots of big inflatables for kids and adults to jump around in. Bryce had never been there before, so he wasn't sure what to think of it. He was a little scared of some of the big inflatables. However, he liked going down the giant slide if I went with him. They also had several little cars and trucks for him to ride in, and he liked those too. Bryce also got a haircut yesterday and he looks very handsome. Not too much else is new with Bryce except that he continues to do very well in swimming lessons. Well that wraps up our update, have a great week.


Playoff Would You Rather... Results

Game #1:
Topic: Pain/Fear/Discomfort
Would You Rather...
A. Have a snowball fight against a pro baseball pitcher (6)
B. Play dodge ball against a pro quarterback (10) - 1 point

Game #2:
Topic: Ethics / Intellect
Would You Rather...
A. Lose your memory (9) - 1 point
B. Lose your vision (7)

Game #3:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...
A. Have to change your name every 5 years (15) - 1 point
B. Have to move every 6 months (1)


Winter 2007 Final Playoff Standings
We have a new champion!! My long-time friends Dan and Lin from Henderson, Nevada have pulled off an improbable comeback victory of incredible proportions! Dan missed three games early in the season while preparing for and attending the NAMM (music products industry) show, and sent me a note afterwards stating, "I've been in California for NAMM - what a crazy bunch of days! So I'm probably too far behind in the games to matter, but I'm going to play anyway, 'cuz its fun!" Dan and Lin were tied for 33rd place after Week Four, but then they rattled off three straight perfect weeks near the end of the season to eke their way into the bottom of the playoff ladder. Starting with zero bonus points, they had one more perfect week in them, apparently didn't even need the bonus point they got from Outburst on Wednesday, and they take home their first championship!

For their troubles, Dan and Lin have decided to win themselves a new S.A.M.E. weather radio! Congratulations, Dan and Lin! For everyone else, thanks for another great season, and look for a new Spring season to begin this Thursday with a game that hasn't been played in over a year!


Winter 2007 Final Playoff Point Standings

Total Bonus Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Tie-Breaker Name City
24 3 4 4 5 4 4 103 Perfect Score
21 0 4 4 5 4 4 67 Dan/Lin, Henderson, NV:
19 3 2 4 4 2 4 78 Raessa:
19 1 4 4 4 4 2 68 Becky T. and Dad:
18 2 2 4 4 2 4 74 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
18 2 2 4 2 4 4 72 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
17 2 2 4 3 2 4 77 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
17 1 4 4 3 3 2 70 $Greg, Madison, WI:
16 1 3 4 4 2 2 70 Sue, De Pere, WI:
12 2 2 4 4 - - 75 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
11 0 4 4 3 - - 67 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
9 1 0 1 4 2 1 70 Mom:


Today’s forecast grade: B


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds, temps are in the lower 30s north, mid- 30s central and upper 30s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: It was a fairly nice weekend, not counting Wisconsin and Marquette's very poor showing in this year's NCAA Tournament. We had some sunshine with temps slightly below our normal highs, and a trace of snowfall last night central and south and an inch or two north. However, as an occluded front moves through Wisconsin, we can expect the winds to pick up again and colder air to again filter into the state. It won't last long through, as warmer temperatures along with scattered rain showers will begin tomorrow night and last straight through next weekend.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning clouds, then becoming partly sunny and breezy. Highs mid- to upper 30s north, 42 central, but warming to near 50 south.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows mid- teens central, near 20 south, and just above zero north.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy and breezy, highs mid- 30s north, upper 30s central, low to mid- 40s south. Increasing clouds with a 50% chance of rain tomorrow night.

Extended:
Wednesday: Warmer and breezy with scattered rain showers. Highs 49-54. Chance of rain 70%.
Thursday: Morning rain showers, then becoming partly cloudy, breezy and a little warmer. Highs 55-60. Chance of morning rain 50%.
Friday: Scattered rain showers, a little cooler, highs 49-54. Chance of rain 40%.
Saturday: More scattered rain showers, highs 49-54. Chance of rain 50%.
Sunday: You guessed it, more rain showers. Highs 50-55. Chance of rain 45%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs mid- 80s. It's another nice day, so get out of bed!
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine with early morning frost, highs near 60.
Frost advisory in effect until 10 am EDT this morning...
A cold airmass in place... with clear skies and light winds... will
allow temperatures to drop into the mid to upper 30s around sunrise.
Sheltered locations... especially rural areas... could see temperatures
drop to just above freezing.

Scattered to widespread frost will also occur. Areas near and
east of the Intracoastal Waterway will not see anything more than
patchy frost. Downtown Charleston... Beaufort... and Savannah may
see a light frost in some areas away from the water.

A frost advisory means that frost is possible. Sensitive outdoor
plants may be killed if left uncovered.

You should have already taken the necessary precautions to
protect tender plants and vegetation.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio all hazards... TV or your local
news source for the latest weather information from the National
Weather Service in Charleston.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy, highs mid- 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Showers and thunderstorms, highs near 60.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


Weather in the News:

Northeast cleans up winter storm's mess
• Traffic death toll from storm rises to 10
• Friday's storm forced cancellation of 1,400 flights
• Weather service cancels warnings as storm fades
• New York works to clean up in time for St. Patrick's parade
NEW YORK (AP) -- Cleanup crews were out early Saturday to clear snow and ice from Manhattan streets in preparation for the city's St. Patrick's Day parade, a day after a heavy storm buffeted the East Coast.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/03/17/winter.storm.ap/index.html

Summertime Lake Michigan level expected to drop further
Winter might have seemed like it returned to normal this year, but Lake Michigan hasn't.
Despite the cold and snow of the past few months, the water level of Lake Michigan continue to drop; as of Friday, Lake Michigan was about an inch lower than it was at this time last year, and about 17 inches below its long-term average. The long-range forecast for water levels isn't calling for things to get much better this summer.
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=578869

Scientists: Trying to change earth's climate is tricky
• Scientists consider tinkering with the climate to fight global warming
• "Geoengineering" methods include mimicking volcanic pollutants
• Ideas: fake volcanoes, giant fake trees and flying saucers
• Solutions, beyond exorbitant costs, could cause new problems
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When climate scientist Andrew Weaver considers the idea of tinkering with Earth's air, water or sunlight to fight global warming, he remembers the lessons of a favorite children's book.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/03/18/climate.technology.ap/index.html

THE CONTEXT OF GLOBAL WARMING
As Ralph Kramden or Alice would say, "Har har hardy har har!"
That's the sort of reaction which inevitably occurs when folks are shivering like they have been in parts of the U.S. during the last half of the winter, and for that matter when there's a big snowstorm like the one now going on in the northeast part of the country. Global warming? HA!
http://www.weather.com/blog/weather/8_12036.html


...Astronomical Spring to begin Tuesday evening in the northern hemisphere...

At 707 PM CDT on Tuesday March 20 2007...the Vernal equinox will
occur. This is when the direct rays of the sun are over the Equator
of the Earth. This is the beginning of astronomical Spring in the
northern hemisphere. The direct rays of the sun will then continue
northward until the Summer solstice on June 21.

Updated: 12:21 PM GMT on March 19, 2007

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 16, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:23 AM GMT on March 18, 2007

TGIF!

Playoff Would You Rather...
This is the last game of the season, and I encourage everyone to play along, whether or not you made the playoffs. Remember, if you get all three correct, you get a bonus point, and that could be the difference in this extremely close race. If I get everyone's answers today, I will post the results online this weekend. Have fun!

Game #1:
Topic: Pain/Fear/Discomfort
Would You Rather...
A. Have a snowball fight against a pro baseball pitcher
B. Play dodge ball against a pro quarterback

Game #2:
Topic: Ethics / Intellect
Would You Rather...
A. Lose your memory
B. Lose your vision

Game #3:
Topic: Random
Would You Rather...
A. Have to change your name every 5 years
B. Have to move every 6 months

Rules and How to Play
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Playoff Mad Gab / Chain Reaction Results

Gab #1 (10/10): Pea Cub Who Icy Hue = Peek-a-boo! I see you!

Gab #2 (10/10): Thug Yet His Burger Dress = The Gettysburg Address

Chain:
House
Cat (4/10)
Fancy (5/10)
That

Other Answers:
Call Forward (3)
Clean Face
Catch Fancy


Winter 2007 Playoff Point Standings
One tie-breaker point separates first from second place. With four points left, who will win?

Total Bonus Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Tie-Breaker Name City
20 3 4 4 5 4 103 Perfect Score
17 1 4 4 4 4 68 Becky T. and Dad:
17 0 4 4 5 4 67 Dan, Henderson, NV:
15 3 2 4 4 2 78 Raessa:
15 1 4 4 3 3 70 $Greg, Madison, WI:
14 2 2 4 4 2 74 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
14 2 2 4 2 4 72 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
14 1 3 4 4 2 70 Sue, De Pere, WI:
13 2 2 4 3 2 77 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
12 2 2 4 4 - 75 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
11 0 4 4 3 - 67 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
8 1 0 1 4 2 70 Mom:


Today’s forecast grade: C+


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin:
Scattered snow showers and flurries will linger across north central Wisconsin through mid-morning. Some spotty freezing drizzle is also possible. Roads may be slippery in spots...so motorists should use caution on the morning commute to work or school.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
Scattered snow showers and flurries will affect portions of south central and southeast Wisconsin through the morning. The most extensive snow showers will affect the Fond Du Lac...Berlin...Green Lake...Waupun and Montello areas southwest to The Dells...Reedsburg and Spring Green through 9 am. Some light snow amounts of up to one inch is possible around Berlin...Ripon...Montello and Green Lake through mid morning. Light accumulations are expected elsewhere. Morning commuters should be on the look out for these scattered snow showers and flurries and watch for reduced visibilities and possibly slippery spots developing on roads.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 8am with clouds, a few hints of sunshine east, and some scattered light snow showers or flurries in north-central and south-central Wisconsin, temps are in the upper teens north and lower 20s central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: What was with yesterday's NCAA Tournament games? Besides two interesting games that evening, the other 14 were kind of a snoozefest. Marquette sure didn't play well, not even scoring a point until over nine minutes into the game! Hopefully Bucky will get a pair of victories this weekend.
As for today's weather, a very weak area of low pressure is resting comfortably in west-central Wisconsin this morning. This is mostly responsible for the cloud cover and scattered light snow showers parts of the state are getting right now. High pressure will eventually build in as this low moves eastward, so look for more sunshine tomorrow and warmer weather by the middle of next week.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy and breezy with light snow showers or flurries from time to time. Maybe a dusting of snow at the most. High near 30 north, 32 central, and mid- 30s south.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows upper teens central and south, but near zero north!

Saturday: Partly sunny, highs near 30 north, mid- 30s central, and upper 30s south.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy and warmer with light rain or snow showers possible. Highs near 40 central, mid- 40s south. Chance of precip 30%.

Next Week:
Monday: Partly sunny, highs 39-44.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, becoming breezy, highs 37-42.
Wednesday: Windy and warmer with rain. Highs 46-51. Chance of rain 40%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine and warm weather through the weekend, highs mid- to upper 80s.
Record to near record high temperatures through Sunday...
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Breezy with showers and thunderstorms today, then sunshine this weekend. Highs near 70 today and near 60 this weekend.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy and breezy through the weekend, highs near or just above 70.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine today, a few more clouds this weekend, highs upper 40s to lower 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


Weather in the News:

Major storm causes flight cancellations
• JetBlue cancels 215 flights as storm approaches
• Heavy snow forecast for New Jersey, New England
• Heavy rain could cause floods in mid-Atlantic
• Cool temperatures forecast for Southeast
(AP) -- A major storm was expected to hit the East Coast on Friday, with heavy rain forecast for areas of the Mid-Atlantic region that could lead to flooding.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/03/16/northeast.storm.ap/index.html

Winter has been world's warmest on record
• Temperature for December-February highest since 1880
• Factors included "long-term trend ... [and] a moderate El Nino"
• The 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 1995
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- This has been the world's warmest winter since record-keeping began more than a century ago, the U.S. government agency that tracks weather reported Thursday.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/03/15/warmest.winter.reut/index.html
http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2007/s2819.htm

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 15, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 2:36 PM GMT on March 15, 2007

Good "Ides of March" Thursday!

College Basketball Tournament Challenge
You have just under two hours to enter my free online group for the NCAA Tournament. I'm taking today and tomorrow off from work for my annual four days of couch potato madness. If it wasn't for the whole eternal salvation thing, I might consider this extended weekend better than Christmas. Anyway, here's the group info one last time:

Link: http://games.espn.go.com/tcmen/frontpage
Group: Cheesehead League
Password: cheesy


Playoff Mad Gab / Chain Reaction
Two sets of games, one day to get them in. Enjoy!

Gab #1: Pea Cub Who Icy Hue

Gab #2: Thug Yet His Burger Dress

Chain:
House
C_____
F_____
That

Rules and How to Play
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Playoff Outburst Results

Players: 12
Topic: People Who Wear Uniforms
Police Officer (11)
Nurse (8)
Soldier (7)
Mail Carrier (5)
Firefighter (4)
Baseball Player (3) (Athletes/Sports Teams also accepted)
Waiter/Waitress (3)
Pilot (1) - Dan receives one bonus point
Astronaut
Football Player

Other Answers:
Boy/Girl Scouts (3)
Students
Maids
Bus Drivers


Winter 2007 Playoff Point Standings
Will this season end up coming down to tomorrow's "Would You Rather..."?

Total Bonus Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Tie-Breaker Name City
16 3 4 4 5 103 Perfect Score
13 3 2 4 4 78 Raessa:
13 1 4 4 4 68 Becky T. and Dad:
13 0 4 4 5 67 Dan, Henderson, NV:
12 2 2 4 4 75 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
12 2 2 4 4 74 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
12 1 4 4 3 70 $Greg, Madison, WI:
12 1 3 4 4 70 Sue, De Pere, WI:
11 2 2 4 3 77 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
11 0 4 4 3 67 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
10 2 2 4 2 72 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
6 1 0 1 4 70 Mom:


Today’s forecast grade: B-


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 9am with a mostly cloudy sky, breezy conditions, and a definite chill in the air, temps are in the mid- to upper teens north, lower 20s central, and upper 20s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A second cold front moved through Wisconsin last night, making it a little more windy around here and bringing even colder temperatures along with it. High pressure in Manitoba and Ontario will try to give us a little more sunshine today, but otherwise look for a day that will feel more like late November than the middle of March.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly sunny, breezy and cold today. High of 31 central, upper 20s north, and mid- to upper 30s south.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, maybe a light snow shower or flurry. Lows upper teens.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, maybe a morning flurry. Highs lower 30s central, mid- 30s south.

Extended:
Saturday: Partly sunny, highs 35-40.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, light rain or snow possible. Highs 34-39.
Next Week’s Outlook: Monday and Tuesday look dry, but then some wet weather looks to arrive by Wednesday and linger through the third round of the NCAA basketball tournament (Thursday and Friday.) The good news is that temperatures look to warm up again with highs near or above 40 to start the week, then hopefully into the 50s again by the time the scattered rain showers come in.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs upper 80s. Again!
Record high temperatures through Saturday...
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Isolated thunderstorms, highs lower 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy, no thunderstorms for once, highs upper 70s.
... Record daily maximum rainfall set at Galveston...
A record rainfall of 3.37 inches was set at Galveston yesterday...
March 14. This breaks the old record of 2.26 set in 2004.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered showers, highs lower 50s.
A band of showers will continue to move through the area this morning. By 930 am...the back edge of the rain will be along a line from Sikeston Missouri...to Mount Carmel Illinois. Rainfall amounts of up to one half inch are possible.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


Weather in the News:

Tornado damages Ohio buildings
• Flood warnings posted across Ohio
• Small tornado touched down in Elyria, Ohio, near Cleveland
• Winds brought down power lines, garages
• Tornado only on ground a few minutes
ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) -- Flood warnings were issued across Ohio Thursday following a day of severe storms, which spawned a small tornado that ripped siding from a store, flattened garages and forced schools to cancel classes because of a power outage.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/03/15/ohio.storm.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 14, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:17 PM GMT on March 14, 2007

Good Wednesday morning!

College Basketball Tournament Challenge
You have just over 24 hours to enter my free online group for the NCAA Tournament. Here's the info:

Link: http://games.espn.go.com/tcmen/frontpage
Group: Cheesehead League
Password: cheesy


Playoff Outburst!

Topic: People Who Wear Uniforms

Rules and How to Play
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Playoff Wheel of Fortune Results
No change in the standings today, as everyone who played got them all correct. But there's three days left to split apart the pack and get a winner. I don't think we've ever had ten playoff participants all within one point of each other almost halfway through the playoff week.

Players: 10
Puzzle #1:
T H E
M U F F I N
M A N
O F
T H E
Y E A R
Category: Before and After
Used Letters: RSTLNE DGPU
Points: 2

Puzzle #2:
I N
V O G U E
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTLNE BCMO
Points: 1

Puzzle #3:
I
G O T
M Y
W I S H
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTLNE FHYA
Points: 1


Playoff Point Standings

Total Bonus Day 1 Day 2 Tie-Breaker Name City
11 3 4 4 103 Perfect Score
9 3 2 4 78 Raessa:
9 1 4 4 70 $Greg, Madison, WI:
9 1 4 4 68 Becky T. and Dad:
8 2 2 4 77 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
8 2 2 4 75 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
8 2 2 4 74 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
8 2 2 4 72 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
8 1 3 4 70 Sue, De Pere, WI:
8 0 4 4 67 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
8 0 4 4 67 Dan, Henderson, NV:
1 1 0 - 70 Mom:



Today’s forecast grade: B-


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Isolated showers have developed along a cool front moving slowly south across southern Wisconsin. These showers were around Evansville and Janesville...south of Madison. The showers were moving southeast and may affect the Janesville...Edgerton and Beloit areas through 630 am. Other isolated showers may develop along this boundary and affect portions of Milwaukee...Racine...Kenosha...Beloit...Burlington and Monroe through 7 am. Also...patchy fog will continue across south central into southeast Wisconsin through 8 am. The fog will be locally dense...reducing visibilities to one quarter mile or less. The fog should begin to thin and dissipate after 8 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds, fog and isolated showers, temps are in the upper 30s to near 40 across most of the state (it's still in the mid- 40s for now in far southern Wisconsin).
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: I hope you all enjoyed the mild temperatures over the last few days, because the umbrella of warmth has moved to the east and now we're stuck with colder air flowing in behind a cold front that moved through last night. But don't worry - it's almost spring, so it'll be warm again before you know it!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy and colder with a few passing light rain showers, perhaps mixing with scattered light snow showers or flurries north and central late in the day as colder air continues to filter into the state. High of 45 central, lower 40s north and mid- to upper 40s south. Chance of precip 40%.

Tonight: Maybe an evening rain or snow shower south, otherwise cloudy. Lows mid- to upper 20s central and south, mid- teens north.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, maybe some flurries late in the day. Highs mid- to upper 30s central, lower 30s north, and upper 30s to near 40 south.

This Weekend:
Friday: Mostly cloudy, more flurries, highs 34-39.
Saturday: Morning sunshine with increasing clouds and a chance of light rain or snow late. Highs 39-44. Chance of precip 25%.
Sunday: Morning flurries or drizzle, otherwise partly sunny. Highs 37-42.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs upper 80s.
Record high temperatures into the weekend...
... Record high temperature set for Las Vegas Nevada...
The high temperature at McCarran International Airport today was 90 degrees.
This breaks the old record of 84 degrees set in 1966.
The high of 90 degrees today establishes a new record for so early in the
season. The earliest 90 degree reading was March 20 2004.
The low this morning was 58 degrees which ties the record set in 2005.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy, highs lower 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms, again, highs lower 70s.
... Record daily maximum rainfall set at Houston intercontinental...
A record rainfall of 1.96 inches was set at Houston intercontinental
yesterday... March 13. This breaks the old record of 1.68 inches set
in 1995.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Scattered thundershowers, highs lower 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


Weather in the News:

Thanks Phil for the link!
From a Rapt Audience, a Call to Cool the Hype
Hollywood has a thing for Al Gore and his three-alarm film on global warming, “An Inconvenient Truth,” which won an Academy Award for best documentary. So do many environmentalists, who praise him as a visionary, and many scientists, who laud him for raising public awareness of climate change.
Don J. Easterbrook, a geology professor, has cited “inaccuracies” in “An Inconvenient Truth.”
But part of his scientific audience is uneasy. In talks, articles and blog entries that have appeared since his film and accompanying book came out last year, these scientists argue that some of Mr. Gore’s central points are exaggerated and erroneous. They are alarmed, some say, at what they call his alarmism.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/13/science/13gore.html?_r=2&n=Top%2fNews%2fScience%2fTopics%2fGlobal %20Warming&oref=slogin&oref=slogin


In Case You Missed It:

The 2007 Weather Dance
You predict which competing NCAA campus will be HOTTER or COOLER on the scheduled game date. Best forecasters win nifty prizes (and, of course, the glory).
http://www.weatherdance.org/login.php

Scavenger hunt results in 40 arrests
LAREDO, Texas, Mar 12, 2007 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Police arrested 32 adults and eight juveniles in Laredo, Texas, engaged in a high school scavenger hunt, which officials called "organized criminal activity."
"Items recovered include assorted clothing and other items including, water hoses, electric drills, Christmas trees, three fast food restaurant signs, five Xbox game consoles, one United States flag, five traffic control barrels, one El Metro bus stop seat, four fire extinguishers, one speed limit sign, five handicapped parking signs, two stop signs, and five dead end signs," Rivera said.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?http://sites.stockpoint.com/thr ivent/newspaper.asp?s=lutheransonline&f=20070313/20070313Scavengerhuntresultsin40arrests.xml&p=-1

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 13, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:38 PM GMT on March 13, 2007

Good Tuesday morning!

Playoff Family Feud Results

Players: 21
Game #1: Name a souvenir that people collect that has a city's name on it
T-Shirt (7) - 2 points
Magnet (4) - 1 point
Shot glass (3)
Coffee Cup (2)
Keychains (2)
Ash Tray
Plate
Spoons

Game #2: Name a reason a person raises his or her arm up
To Ask/Answer a Question (16) - 2 points
To go to the bathroom
Pledge of Allegiance
Wave
To put on deodorant
To demonstrate that he/she is Sure


Playoff Wheel of Fortune

Puzzle #1:
T _ E
_ U _ _ _ N
_ _ N
_ _
T _ E
_ E _ R
Category: Before and After
Used Letters: RSTLNE DGPU
Points: 2

Puzzle #2:
_ N
_ O _ _ E
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTLNE BCMO
Points: 1

Puzzle #3:
_
_ _ T
_ Y
_ _ S H
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTLNE FHYA
Points: 1

Rules and How to Play
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Playoff Point Standings
What a difference a day makes - the top five got only two points and almost everyone in the bottom six got 3-4 points. This thing is anyone's game to win!

Total Bonus Day 1 Tie-Breaker Name City
7 3 4 Perfect Score
5 1 4 70 $Greg, Madison, WI:
5 1 4 68 Becky T. and Dad:
5 3 2 78 Raessa:
4 2 2 77 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
4 2 2 72 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
4 0 4 67 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
4 0 4 67 Dan, Henderson, NV:
4 2 2 75 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
4 2 2 74 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
4 1 3 70 Sue, De Pere, WI:
1 1 0 70 Mom:



Today’s forecast grade: A


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Central Wisconsin:
Areas of fog...with visibility generally in the 1 to 2 mile range...will continue across the region through mid-morning. Locally dense fog...with visibility as low as one-quarter mile...can also be expected. Motorists should be alert for rapidly changing visibility as they make the morning commute to work or school.

Southern Wisconsin:
Fog will continue through the early morning across southern Wisconsin. Visibilities will be mostly in the one half mile to 3 mile range...however pockets of dense fog are likely. The dense fog will reduce the visibility to one quarter mile or less for a time. Early morning motorists should be prepared to encounter rapidly changing visibilities due to the patchy nature of the fog. Slow down is you drive into a dense fog pocket. Most of the dense fog should thin and dissipate by 8 am.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with sunshine, a few areas of fog, and much less snow on the ground compared to a few days ago, temps are already near 40 north, 40-45 central, and 45-50 south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: With a warm front to our north and a cold front to our west, that is the classic signature of a day that will be filled with warmth! Get out and enjoy it today as the warm weather is not going to last long. That cold front now to our west will eventually sweep through tonight and tomorrow, bringing scattered showers and colder temperatures along with it.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Partly sunny and warm! High of 57 central, lower 50s north, but low to mid- 60s south! That's pronounced as "siks'tees." With a six. Yep.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers. Lows upper 30s. Chance of rain 25%.

Tomorrow: Cloudy, breezy and becoming colder with scattered rain showers continuing, perhaps mixing with light snow north. Highs mid- 40s central, lower 50s south. Chance of precip 35%.

Extended:
Thursday: Partly sunny and seasonable, highs 43-48.
Friday: Mostly cloudy, maybe a light rain or snow shower. Highs 42-47. Chance of precip 20%.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs 40-45.
Sunday: Rain showers developing. Highs 43-48. Chance of rain 30%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs upper 80s. The record high for today is 84.
Record or near record high temperatures the rest of the week...
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Morning fog, otherwise partly cloudy. Highs mid- 60s near the coast but above 80 well inland.
Patchy dense fog will continue to affect southern South Carolina through mid morning. Visibility in the fog will be down under 1 mile...but with visibility near 1/4 mile in a few locations. Drive with extra care due to the fog.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms. Highs *lower 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Isolated thundershowers, highs mid- 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


Weather in the News:

Scientists Threatened For "Climate Denial"
Forrest Kyle writes "A former professor of climatology at the University of Winnipeg has received multiple death threats for questioning the extent to which human activities are driving global warming. '"Western governments have pumped billions of dollars into careers and institutes and they feel threatened," said the professor. "I can tolerate being called a skeptic because all scientists should be skeptics, but then they started calling us deniers, with all the connotations of the Holocaust. That is an obscenity. It has got really nasty and personal." Richard Lindzen, the professor of Atmospheric Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology [...] recently claimed: "Scientists who dissent from the alarmism have seen their funds disappear, their work derided, and themselves labelled as industry stooges. Consequently, lies about climate change gain credence even when they fly in the face of the science."'"
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/03/11/ngreen211.xml
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/03/12/157223&from=rss

U.S. bars talk of climate change effects on bears
The Bush administration is ordering federal wildlife officials headed for international meetings on polar bears not to talk about how climate change and melting ice are affecting the imperiled animals.
It is the latest in a string of cases in which the administration has carefully controlled or even banned government employees' public speech about global warming.
This latest chapter involves two memorandums written in late February that put strict limits on what U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees could discuss at meetings in Norway and Russia.
http://www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/spframes/frames.html?http://sites.stockpoint.com/thr ivent/newspaper.asp?s=lutheransonline&f=20070309/20070309USbarstalkofclimatechangeeffectsonbears.xml &p=-1


In Case You Missed It:

Vegas' famous Stardust implodes for new hotel
• Hundreds of spectators partied while watching the demolition
• Site cleanup to last two months
• Two-tower blast included 32-story building -- tallest ever felled on Strip
• Opened in '58 with 1,032 rooms; Echelon to open in 2010 with 5,000 rooms
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP) -- The Stardust is now just a memory.
The casino-hotel on the Las Vegas Strip was imploded early Tuesday in a hail of fireworks to make way for Boyd Gaming Corp.'s $4.4 billion megaresort Echelon.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/03/13/lasvegas.hotel.implosion.ap/index.html

Man relives college life with beer-tossing fridge
• Man spent 150 hours, $400 dollars creating "beer catapult" for friends
• Minifridge can launch 10 cans of beer from its magazine before needing a reload
• Click of remote tosses beer can up to 20 feet
RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) -- An engineering graduate has built a contraption to help remind him of campus life: a refrigerator that can toss a can of beer to his couch with the click of a remote control.
http://edition.cnn.com/2007/US/03/08/N.C.beer.tossing.ap/index.html
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/03/08/1939220&from=rss
http://deadspin.com/sports/clips/soon-americans-will-lack-the-need-to-move-240329.php

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 12, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 12:08 PM GMT on March 12, 2007

Happy Monday morning,
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update and I hope you all enjoyed the beautiful weather we had this weekend. We sure did. We had a fun and busy spent with family. We had our dance lessons on Friday where we learned more swing and some salsa. Saturday evening, we travelled down to Delafield for Steve's brother-in-law Bart's 30th (surprise) birthday party. We had a lot of fun hanging out with the birthday boy and the rest of the family. On Sunday, Steve left early to pick Bryce up from my mom's house, while I went to the Oconomowoc YMCA with my mother-in-law and my sister-in-law Kelley, then had a great time at a bridal shower for Steve's step-sister-in-law-to-be Jenn.

Bryce update:
Bryce is learning to become a little helper. He was watching me put his laundry in the washer, and I had to step away for a brief moment. When I came back, he was trying to put a pair of pants in the washer. Then he proceeded to assist me in putting the rest of his laundry in. He will point to a kleenex box if he needs to wipe his nose, and after eating a snack, he'll go over to the garbage to throw the wrapper away. He can (and prefers to) eat things like yogurt all by himself, where he holds the cup with one hand, the spoon in the other, and tries his best to eat it. It can get a little messy sometimes, and the spoon isn't always facing the right direction, but he's getting better every day. We, along with my mom, have also noticed that he seems to be acting older lately. He seems to understand more and is able to express himself better. He also continues to do very well with swimming lessons. He loves the water and is all smiles and giggles during his lessons. Well that wraps up our weekend update. Hope you all have a great week.


Playoff Family Feud
The first of the five-day playoffs start right now! Everyone is encouraged to play whether you made the playoffs or not, but I'll only be keeping track of the scoring for the eleven playoff participants. Have fun and remember, it's only a game unless you win.

Game #1: Name a souvenir that people collect that has a city's name on it

Game #2: Name a reason a person raises his or her arm up

Rules and How to Play
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Winter 2007 Playoff Point Standings

Total Name City
3 Perfect Score
3 Raessa:
2 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
2 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
2 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
2 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
1 $Greg, Madison, WI:
1 Mom:
1 Sue, De Pere, WI:
1 Becky T. and Dad:
0 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
0 Dan, Henderson, NV:



NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge
The brackets are ready and it's time for you to fill them out and enter my online group! Here's the info:

Link: http://games.espn.go.com/tcmen/frontpage
Group: Cheesehead League
Password: cheesy


Today’s forecast grade: A-


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am (or 6am if you forgot to reset your clock) with a clear sky north, some clouds central, and clouds with scattered rain showers southeast, temps are already in the mid- 30s north, the upper 30s central, and lower 40s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: What a refreshingly nice weekend we had weatherwise! The mix of sunshine and warmer temperatures finally made it feel like spring really was just another week and a half away. The weather looks even better today and tomorrow, with some areas perhaps hitting 60 degrees on Tuesday, but then things look to drop back into the 40s on Wednesday and in the 30s for the rest of the week and weekend. So enjoy it now, but soon the abnormal will be the cooler temperatures and not the warm ones!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: A few early morning rain showers southeast, otherwise partly cloudy. Breezy this morning, with a mild high of 51 north and central, and low to mid- 50s south.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, lows upper 30s.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny and warmer yet, highs mid- to upper 50s central and near 60 south! A 30% chance of rain tomorrow night.

Extended:
Wednesday: Breezy with rain showers, perhaps mixing with snow north. Highs 44-49. Chance of precip 60%.
Thursday: Breezy and colder with light snow showers, perhaps mixing with rain during the day central and south. Highs 34-39. Chance of precip 60%.
Friday: Cloudy and colder with light snow becoming just flurries. Highs 31-36.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, more flurries. highs 32-37.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, light snow possible late. Highs 33-38. Chance of snow Sunday night 25%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs lower 80s.
Record or near record high temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday...
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy, highs mid- 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Strong showers and thunderstorms. Highs lower 70s.
Tornado Watch number 59
NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
405 am CDT Mon Mar 12 2007

The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a
Tornado Watch for portions of

southeast Texas
coastal waters

Effective this Monday morning from 405 am until 800 am CDT.

Tornadoes... hail to 1 inch in diameter... thunderstorm wind gusts
to 70 mph... and dangerous lightning are possible in these areas.

The Tornado Watch area is approximately along and 45 statute
miles east and west of a line from 30 miles north of Houston
Texas to 25 miles east southeast of Palacios Texas. For a
complete depiction of the watch see the associated watch outline
update (wous64 kwns wou9).

Remember... a Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for
tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch
area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for
threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements
and possible warnings.

Discussion... well organized linear MCS with several embedded lewp
structures will continue ewd across se TX through the early morning
hours. The low levels should destabilize sufficiently for
convection to be based at the surface... while low-level shear will
be strong enough to maintain a threat for a couple of tornadoes and
a few damaging gusts within the moist environment.

Aviation... tornadoes and a few severe thunderstorms with hail
surface and aloft to 1 inch. Extreme turbulence and surface wind
gusts to 60 knots. A few cumulonimbi with maximum tops to 500.
Mean storm motion vector 27030.

A line of showers and thunderstorms extending from near Madisonville to Todd Mission to Missouri City to Angleton to Lake Jackson will continue moving east at 30 mph. This line will be close to a Austonio...Huntsville...Splendora...Baytown...Galveston line around 700 am. Some of the storms may produce damaging winds. Expect rainfall amounts of one to one and a half inches an hour when the activity passes through.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Partly sunny, highs near 70.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 9, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:29 PM GMT on March 09, 2007

TGIF!

Mad Gab Results

Players: 17
Gab #1 (14/17): Eye Mile Tough Guess = I'm out of gas

Gab #2 (17/17): Ask End His Order = A skin disorder

Gab #3 (16/17): Age Ants Oval I've Dime = A chance of a lifetime

Gab #4 (16/17): Eight Eve Eerie Port Her = A TV reporter


Unofficial Winter 2007 Regular Season Point Standings
American Idol announced their top twelve last night, and here I am announcing this season's top eleven. There will be games each day next week, and as usual, everyone is welcome to play and submit answers but I'll only be keeping track of the points for the playoff participants. This list is unofficial through the weekend, just in case I goofed up in calculating the points, so make sure what I have tallied for you is correct. Any changes will be posted right away on the Web site - www.wisconsinweatherupdate.com.


Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Playoffs Name City
103 4 8 9 10 7 10 8 10 8 26 3 Perfect Score
78 - 7 8 7 5 9 8 4 6 24 3 Raessa:
77 4 5 7 8 7 5 7 7 6 21 2 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
75 3 4 8 7 5 9 6 5 6 22 2 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
74 4 7 4 5 3 8 7 6 6 24 2 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
72 3 5 5 6 5 6 8 7 6 21 2 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
70 3 4 6 7 7 5 6 10 6 16 1 $Greg, Madison, WI:
70 3 4 9 2 4 6 4 8 6 24 1 Mom:
70 3 5 7 6 4 7 7 1 8 22 1 Sue, De Pere, WI:
68 2 6 6 7 7 5 5 10 6 14 1 Becky T. and Dad:
67 2 5 4 6 6 6 4 6 6 22 0 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
67 3 5 - 1 5 6 8 10 8 21 0 Dan, Henderson, NV:
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66 2 5 5 5 3 7 6 6 5 22 $Brian, Madison, WI:
65 3 6 7 6 3 7 5 5 6 17 Deb:
60 4 5 7 7 6 5 6 - 5 15 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
59 - - 6 2 5 6 7 4 8 21 Angela:
57 3 4 8 5 4 5 7 3 4 14 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
56 3 6 5 7 6 6 3 8 1 11 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
54 3 4 3 0 7 4 7 9 - 17 Steve L.:
52 2 5 7 4 5 1 2 6 2 18 Chris Ke.:
52 2 1 5 8 2 5 - 7 4 18 Sarah H., Appleton, WI:
51 3 5 6 4 4 5 3 7 2 12 Sally:
49 2 4 - 8 4 6 5 5 6 9 Bethany:
48 4 5 7 7 - 5 5 2 2 11 Mary, Appleton, WI:
47 2 - 7 8 6 5 7 5 1 6 Diane Sm.:
45 - - - - 3 4 8 9 8 13 Brian F.:
45 4 6 6 1 4 3 4 3 6 8 Kelley:
41 1 7 6 4 - 4 4 5 4 6 Rhonda Lop.:
37 4 5 4 4 2 - 0 4 7 7 Morgan:
36 2 1 3 3 4 4 4 6 5 4 $Tammy, Madison, WI:
36 2 6 4 4 4 2 8 4 2 Jan, Berlin, WI:
32 - 2 3 8 4 4 6 5 - Adam E.:
32 3 5 5 1 4 2 4 2 - 6 Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
31 1 4 0 3 4 5 3 7 - 4 John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI:
30 2 1 7 5 4 6 5 - - Tony:
29 4 4 9 6 3 2 1 - - Juanita:
27 1 3 3 - 4 2 4 4 6 Jen:
26 - 0 3 5 - 4 4 2 2 6 Al, Germantown, WI:
22 3 - - 7 4 5 - 3 - Barb, Berlin, WI:
14 0 5 7 2 - - - - - Stacy:
11 - 3 4 - - 4 - - - Nicole, Madison, WI:
8 4 2 2 - - - - - - John E., Madison, WI:
1 - - - - 1 - - - - Harry



Today’s forecast grade: B-


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with low clouds mixed in with some sunshine, temps are in the upper 20s around the state.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: A warm front moved through late in the day yesterday, and although it really didn't bring much precipitation with it, it did start boosting our temperatures. It'll do the same today, bringing many of us into the 40s, although a cold front looks to move through later today, which might bring a few light rain showers or sprinkles with it. This cold front doesn't seem to be bringing much in the way of colder temperatures with it though, so look for temps in the 40s this weekend, perhaps even hitting 50 south on Sunday and continuing through the first half of next week.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Mostly cloudy, breezy and warmer. A few light rain showers or sprinkles are possible later today, with a better chance the further south you live. High of 40 north and central, lower 40s south. Chance of rain 20% north, 25% central, 40% south.

Tonight: Maybe an evening rain shower, otherwise decreasing clouds. Lows mid- 20s.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, highs lower 40s central, mid- 40s south.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, highs mid- 40s central, upper 40s to near 50 south.

Next Week:
Monday: Mostly cloudy, breezy, maybe a morning light rain or snow shower. Highs 45-50. Chance of precip 20%.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, light rain showers possible. Highs 48-53. Chance of rain 30%.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, becoming windy, a chance of rain or snow late. Highs 46-51. Chance of precip 35%.



Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine through the weekend, go figure, highs upper 70s to near 80. Who can ask for anything more?
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Morning fog, scattered showers through the weekend. Windy today, highs lower 60s today and mid- 60s this weekend.
Fog will affect a few areas of extreme southern South Carolina and southeast Georgia through 9 am. Visibilities in the fog will be reduced to near 1 or 2 miles...before visibilities improve during the mid morning hours. Please use extra care if you are driving this morning due to the fog.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy with morning fog today and tomorrow, a chance of thunderstorms late on Sunday. Highs mid- to upper 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine today and Sunday, showers tonight and into tomorrow. Highs near 70 today, near 60 tomorrow, and in the upper 50s on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


In Case You Missed It:

Top 10 cities for taking a stroll
• Madison, Wisconsin, tops Prevention magazine's list of most walkable U.S. cities
• Rankings based on such factors as air quality, parks, athletic shoes sold, weather
• Austin, Texas, and San Francisco, California, round out top three
• New York City came in at No. 39
Prevention magazine named Madison -- 1,300 miles north of sunny Miami -- as the most walkable of the country's 100 most populated cities. The list was commissioned by the American Podiatric Medical Association based on certain criteria. It ran in editions of the magazine released this week.
Madison is no stranger to No. 1 rankings. People still talk about Money Magazine naming it the best place to live in 1998, although that ranking dropped to 53rd last year. Outside Magazine named it the best road biking city in August, and other high rankings have come for its being vegetarian-friendly, gay-friendly, environmentally friendly, and, well, according to Midwest Living in 2003, the overall friendliest city in the Midwest.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/03/08/walkable.cities.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 8, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:01 PM GMT on March 08, 2007

Good Thursday morning!

Double Mad Gab
The last game of the regular season is today! Instead of offering random bonus points, during double-point week I will just be adding a fourth puzzle to the mix. Look for who made the top ten tomorrow!

Gab #1: Eye Mile Tough Guess

Gab #2: Ask End His Order

Gab #3: Age Ants Oval I've Dime

Gab #4: Eight Eve Eerie Port Her

Rules and How to Play
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Chain Reaction Results

Players: 23
Chain #1:
Give
Blood
Orange
County
Jail
Bird
Seed

Chain #2:
Stomach
Acid
Rain
Dance
Off
Target
Weight

Other Answers:
Big Orange
Back Orange

Judge Brown

Ache Robot
Ache Rain
Ache Recital

Off Track (6)
Off ? (2)
Off Topic
Off Total
On Top
Off Top
Outfit Trim
Order Total


Today’s forecast grade: B


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 6am with sunshine east, clouds west, and cold temperatures across the state, temps are mostly in the single digits above zero.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: We're one week away from the Ides of March and less than two weeks away from the Vernal Equinox, so the warmer weather should be getting here right about...........now..........Now........Now!!.........Now?? Well, if I kept that up for long enough, it might actually work, as this arctic trough is pushing away from the Great Lakes and warmer, southerly air is starting to invade the Midwest. Temps should make it near the freezing point of dihydrogen monoxide today and into the 40s by this weekend if not tomorrow.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Morning sunshine, then increasing clouds this afternoon. About ten degrees warmer than yesterday, high of 31 central, upper 20s to near 30 north, and mid- 30s south.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy and breezy, maybe some light freezing drizzle central and light snow or flurries north. Lows mid- 20s. Chance of precip only about 25%.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy with scattered light rain showers or drizzle central and south, and mixing with light snow or flurries north. Highs upper 30s central, lower 40s south. Chance of precip 25%.

Extended:
Saturday: Partly cloudy, a little warmer, highs 42-47.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, light rain or snow showers possible. Highs 41-46. Chance of precip 25%.
Next Week’s Outlook: Next week looks pretty seasonable. We might have some rain showers on Wednesday and Thursday; high temperatures will probably be in the lower 40s central and in the mid- to upper 40s south.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs upper 70s.
... Record high minimum temperature broken in Las Vegas...
The low temperature at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas
only cooled down to 55 degrees Wednesday. This reading broke the
previous record high minimum of 53 degrees set in 1994.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Partly cloudy, highs upper 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy after some morning fog, highs lower 70s.
... Dense fog advisory in effect until 9 am CST this morning...
The National Weather Service in Houston/Galveston has issued a
dense fog advisory... which is in effect until 9 am CST this
morning. The advisory includes the following counties...
Austin... Burleson... Galveston... and Washington.

Patchy dense fog will lower the visibility to under one quarter
of a mile at times before lifting around mid morning.

Be on the lookout for sudden changes in visibility. The patchy
nature of the fog will drop the visibility quickly in a short
distance. In addition... the fog may be most dense near rivers...
bayous... lakes... bridges... and low lying areas.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine, highs mid- 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


Space in the News:

NASA Can't Pay for Killer Asteroid Hunt
Cost to find 90 percent of asteroids, comets would be about $1 billion
"NASA officials say the space agency is capable of finding nearly all the asteroids that might pose a devastating hit to Earth, but there isn't enough money to pay for the task so it won't get done. 'We know what to do, we just don't have the money,' said Simon 'Pete' Worden, director of NASA's Ames Research Center." But hey, it's just the potential end of the world, so nothing much to worry about there.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17473059/?GT1=9145
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/03/06/1358228&from=rss

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 6, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:33 PM GMT on March 06, 2007

Good Tuesday morning!

Double Chain Reaction
There will be no update tomorrow, but since you guys will be getting two days to come up with your responses, I'm going to do Chain Reaction a little differently than other games during double-point week. Instead of twice the value, how about twice the questions? It's twice the work, but twice the fun...right? :)

Chain #1:
Give
B_____
O_____
County
J_____
B_____
Seed

Chain #2:
Stomach
A_____
R_____
Dance
O_____
T_____
Weight

Rules and How to Play
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Double Outburst Results

Players: 30
Talks on the phone (21)
Plays games (17)
Watches TV (16)
Feeds kids (13)
Puts kids to bed (10)
Eats snacks (6)
Tells stories (5)
Reads (4) - Two Bonus Points Awarded to Clair, Raessa, Steve L., and Chris K.
Helps kids with homework
Writes messages

Other answers:
Changes diapers (15)
Watches kids/Takes care of children (2)
Has girlfriend/boyfriend over (2)
Make out with her boyfriend on your couch (2)
Let kids stay up late
Dishes
Sleep
Go for a walk
Do homework
Cleans up after the children


Today’s forecast grade: C


NowCast: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Southern Wisconsin:
Look for a band of light lake-effect snow showers or flurries to move across Kenosha and Racine counties between 715 am and 9 am. The leading edge of the snow showers will move northwest from a Wind Point to Twin Lakes line...reaching Franksville...Union Grove and New Munster around 8 am...and South Milwaukee...Eagle Lake to bohners lake around 9 am. While accumulations will total a few tenths or less...visibilities may drop to below 2 miles in the heavier snow showers. Expect cloudy skies over the remainder of south central and southeast Wisconsin for the morning hours...with temperatures slowly warming into the teens.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with clouds, scattered light snow showers, and cold temperatures, it's near zero north and 5-10 above zero central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: High pressure, currently centered in northern Wisconsin, will move east out of the state today, and moisture from a strong storm in the upper west coast will separate itself from the main system and move through the upper Midwest. This will give us the chance for light snow today and tonight, with maybe a couple inches of new snowfall by the time you wake up tomorrow morning.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Cloudy and cold with light snow developing. High of 20 central and south, mid- teens north. Chance of snow 60%.

Tonight: Cloudy with light snow. 2-3" of total accumulation is expected north and central with maybe 1" south. Lows 10-15 above zero. Chance of snow 50%.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, warmer, highs mid- to upper 20s.

Extended:
Thursday: Partly sunny, becoming breezy, maybe some flurries late. Highs 29-34.
Friday: Breezy, a little warmer, light rain or snow possible. Highs 35-40. Chance of precip 30%.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, warmer, highs 39-44.
Sunday: Increasing clouds with a chance of light rain or snow late. Highs 40-45. Chance of precip 25%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Partly cloudy, highs mid- 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, highs upper 50s.
Frost advisory in effect until 9 am EST this morning...
The combination of clear skies and light winds will allow inland
temperatures to drop into the mid 30s across southeast South
Carolina early this morning. This will result in at least scattered
frost development.

A frost advisory means that scattered to widespread frost is
possible. Those with agricultural interests should act now to
protect Young plants and early blooming flowers from frost
early this morning.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio all hazards... TV... or your local
news source for the latest weather information from the National
Weather Service.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Partly cloudy, highs upper 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine, highs lower 40s.
... Tornado drills to be conducted this morning for Kentucky and Illinois...
Statewide tornado drills will be conducted in Kentucky and Illinois
this morning. In Kentucky the test will occur at 907 am CST... and
in Illinois it will occur at 10 am. NOAA Weather Radio listeners
can expect this drill to activate their weather radio receivers
just as it would for an actual Tornado Warning... however the
message will clearly state that it is only a drill. This will be
an excellent opportunity to insure that your receiver is
functioning correctly... and to practice your severe weather safety
plans.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


In Case You Missed It:

Linden man sells blessing in a bottle with 'Holy Drinking Water'
LINDEN – A Stockton-area businessman is peddling blessed bottled water.
The half-liter bottles of Holy Drinking Water distributed by Wayne Enterprises Inc., of Linden, only carry the blessings of Catholic and Anglican priests, but company president Brian Germann said he plans to expand to other faiths.
The bottles, filled with plain, purified water, carry a label that warns sinners who drink the water that they may experience burning, intense heat, sweating and skin irritations.
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/state/20070305-0944-ca-brf-sjvalley-holydrinkingwater.html

Mindreading scientists predict behavior
BERLIN, Germany (AP) -- At a laboratory in Germany, volunteers slide into a donut-shaped MRI machine and perform simple tasks, such as deciding whether to add or subtract two numbers, or choosing which of two buttons to press.
They have no inkling that scientists in the next room are trying to read their minds -- using a brain scan to figure out their intention before it is turned into action.
In the past, scientists had been able to detect decisions about making physical movements before those movements appeared. But researchers at Berlin's Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience claim they have now, for the first time, identified people's decisions about how they would later do a high-level mental activity -- in this case, adding versus subtracting.
While still in its initial stages, the techniques may eventually have wide-ranging implications for everything from criminal interrogations to airline security checks. And that alarms some ethicists who fear the technology could one day be abused by authorities, marketers, or employers.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/03/05/mindreaders.ap/index.html

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 5, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 8:08 AM GMT on March 05, 2007

Happy Monday,

Double Points Outburst!
The first of three double-point games to end the Winter 2007 regular season start right now! Outburst is today with Chain Reaction to follow tomorrow and Mad Gab on Thursday (no update on Wednesday).

Topic: Things a Babysitter Does
Note: this Outburst deck is about 10-15 years old so keep that in mind as you consider your four answers.

Rules and How to Play
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Personal Intro:
This is Lisa with our weekend and baby update and I hope you all had a great weekend. Friday was a very busy day and night for me, as I worked from 6:45am-9:00pm to get in the rest of my overtime for the week. Steve and Bryce had a daddy/son night while I was at work.

On Saturday, Steve competed in the $450,000 Willow Creek Classic, a pretty intense, serious bowling tournament in Green Bay. He said he had a great time, but him and his teammates didn't bowl as well as they would have liked to have, mostly due to the tournament lane conditions. He said the lanes were oiled differently that what they were used to, so it was hard to get strikes. While Steve was bowling, Bryce and I had a mommy/son day. I also went to Sam's Club to buy my new video iPod, which I earned with my incentive bonus from work for having perfect attendance. The incentive was if we had perfect attendance at work from November 7th to February 10th, we'd receive a $250 bonus (after taxes). I'm enjoying my iPod but I'm still in the process of learning how to use it as well as put all the music I want on it.

Sunday, we had nursery duty at church, and then we greeted and assisted with the offering. After church, my friend Lisa and I worked on Bryce's baby scrapbook. It's still a work in progress but it's really coming together nicely. We'll probably have about two more scrapbooking sessions to work on it and then hopefully I'll have it ready to share with anyone who wants to see it.

In addition to my new video iPod, we got two other fun gadgets recently. On Wednesday afternoon, we got a second garage door opener installed, courtesy of a Christmas gift from Steve's dad! Our two-car garage only had one automatic opener, so Steve and I would trade off spots every couple of months so we both got to use the automatic opener sometimes. But now both sides have an automatic opener, so we're pretty happy about that. And Steve recently got a new cell phone - the LG enV. He got it from Verizon Wireless's "new every two" plan, where you get a free phone upgrade every two years or a good discount if you get a more expensive phone. Steve said that in addition to making phone calls (go figure!), his new phone has a 2-megapixel digital camera (the same as our old digital camera!), an MP3 music player, speakerphone, video on-demand, a pay-per-use GPS navigation system, and it flips open and has a full QWERTY keyboard inside it for writing text messages, notes, etc. Steve really likes it - it's amazing what they can all fit into these things nowadays!

Bryce update:
Bryce has started swimming lessons again, and although he hasn't been swimming since early fall due to cold weather, he really made me proud. He did such a great job, and had so much fun. He puts his face in the water and tries to blow bubbles. He hasn't succeeded in blowing bubbles yet, but getting his face wet is a good start. He also likes putting his ears in the water and he thinks it's really funny.

Among the new, funny things our now 20-month-old son has started doing regularly at home is that if you're standing in a room and he wants you to sit down in a certain spot, he'll pat the chair he wants you to sit on until you sit there. He also starts his 4th week at day care today. It's going pretty well so far, except that he's still usually clingy when Steve drops him off, but we think that will get better with time. Bryce is very happy to see Steve at the end of the day, and runs right into his arms every time he picks him up after work. Apparently he has finally started eating the main courses for breakfast and lunch too, instead of just eating the fruit and snacks, so that's progress. Well that wraps up our update, have a great week.


Today’s forecast grade: C+


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 2am with clouds and scattered flurries, temps are ... ah what do you care, it's 2am. Bryce has been having a tantrum since 11pm so I'm making the best use of my non-sleeping time by getting the update written ahead of time.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: Last Thursday was the first Meteorological day of Spring, but when will it feel like spring? Unfortunately, not this week, as temperatures will continue to be below-normal courtesy of a burst of cold air moving into the Great Lakes behind a cold front. Luckily for us, the northeastern U.S. looks to be getting the brunt of this latest cold snap, but temperatures probably will stay below the freezing mark through Wednesday. Besides a couple rounds of light snow showers tomorrow and again Thursday night, look for a much more quiet week than what we've been accustomed to lately.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Windy with flurries in the morning. Becoming partly cloudy and less windy later today. Colder, high of 21 central, low to mid- teens north, and low to mid- 20s south.

Tonight: Increasing clouds, lows just barely above zero.

Tomorrow: Cloudy with light snow developing, particularly north. The weather models are differing on whether the snow will make it down to southern Wisconsin, so let's just leave that at a lesser chance for now. Highs just above 20 central, low to mid- 20s south. Chance of snow 60% north, 45% central, 30% south.

Extended:
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, highs 22-27.
Thursday: Partly sunny, breezy, a chance of light snow late. Highs 31-36. Chance of snow 30%.
Friday: Maybe some morning light snow showers, otherwise mostly cloudy. Highs 34-39. Chance of morning snow 25%.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, warmer, maybe some drizzle or flurries, highs 42-47.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, a chance of light rain or snow. Highs 42-47. Chance of measurable precip 25%.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, warmer, highs lower 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Sunshine, highs upper 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Sunshine, highs mid- 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Sunshine, highs upper 40s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 2, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:40 PM GMT on March 02, 2007

TGIF!

Wheel of Fortune Results

Players: 22
Puzzle #1 (20/22):
P A P E R
O R
P L A S T I C
S U R G E R Y
Category: Before and After
Used Letters: RSTLNE BDMO
Point Value: 2

Puzzle #2 (22/22):
B U Z Z
L I G H T Y E A R
Category: Fictional Character
Used Letters: RSTLNE CDPU
Point Value: 1

Puzzle #3 (19/22):
C R Y I N G
W O L F
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTLNE CHPA
Point Value: 1

Winter 2007 Point Standings
The top seven all had six points this week, keeping the top of the leaderboard status quo; three others dropped out of the top "ten," and Dan, who missed a week and a half, has put together three straight perfect weeks and gotten himself back above the playoff cut line! Over 20 points will be up for grabs next week and almost 30 people are still mathematically eligible to make the following week's playoff for a weather-related prize of their choosing. Have a great weekend everyone and thanks as always for playing!

Total Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Name City
74 4 8 9 10 7 10 8 10 8 Perfect Score
56 4 5 7 8 7 5 7 7 6 $$$Nia, Appleton, WI:
54 3 4 6 7 7 5 6 10 6 $Greg, Madison, WI:
54 2 6 6 7 7 5 5 10 6 Becky T. and Dad:
54 - 7 8 7 5 9 8 4 6 Raessa:
53 3 4 8 7 5 9 6 5 6 Jordan, Little Chute, WI:
51 3 5 5 6 5 6 8 7 6 $Karl, Appleton, WI:
50 4 7 4 5 3 8 7 6 6 Katie/Bart, Mukwonago, WI:
48 3 6 7 6 3 7 5 5 6 Deb:
48 3 5 7 6 4 7 7 1 8 Sue, De Pere, WI:
46 3 5 - 1 5 6 8 10 8 Dan, Henderson, NV:
46 3 4 9 2 4 6 4 8 6 Mom:
45 2 5 4 6 6 6 4 6 6 Clair, Rhinelander, WI:
45 3 6 5 7 6 6 3 8 1 Lisa, Appleton, WI:
45 4 5 7 7 6 5 6 - 5 Sheila, Appleton, WI:
44 2 5 5 5 3 7 6 6 5 $Brian, Madison, WI:
43 3 4 8 5 4 5 7 3 4 Sharon, Kaukauna, WI:
41 2 - 7 8 6 5 7 5 1 Diane Sm.:
40 2 4 - 8 4 6 5 5 6 Bethany:
39 3 5 6 4 4 5 3 7 2 Sally:
38 - - 6 2 5 6 7 4 8 Angela:
37 4 6 6 1 4 3 4 3 6 Kelley:
37 4 5 7 7 - 5 5 2 2 Mary, Appleton, WI:
37 3 4 3 0 7 4 7 9 - Steve L.:
36 2 6 4 4 4 2 8 4 2 Jan, Berlin, WI:
35 1 7 6 4 - 4 4 5 4 Rhonda Lop.:
34 2 5 7 4 5 1 2 6 2 Chris Ke.:
34 2 1 5 8 2 5 - 7 4 Sarah H., Appleton, WI:
32 2 1 3 3 4 4 4 6 5 $Tammy, Madison, WI:
32 - 2 3 8 4 4 6 5 - Adam E.:
32 - - - - 3 4 8 9 8 Brian F.:
30 4 5 4 4 2 - 0 4 7 Morgan:
30 2 1 7 5 4 6 5 - - Tony:
29 4 4 9 6 3 2 1 - - Juanita:
27 1 3 3 - 4 2 4 4 6 Jen:
27 1 4 0 3 4 5 3 7 - John/Shelley, Oshkosh, WI:
26 3 5 5 1 4 2 4 2 - Max M., Cut 'n Shoot, TX:
22 3 - - 7 4 5 - 3 - Barb, Berlin, WI:
20 - 0 3 5 - 4 4 2 2 Al, Germantown, WI:
14 0 5 7 2 - - - - - Stacy:
11 - 3 4 - - 4 - - - Nicole, Madison, WI:
8 4 2 2 - - - - - - John E., Madison, WI:
1 - - - - 1 - - - - Harry



Today’s forecast grade: C-


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin and the Fox Cities:
Winter Weather Advisory until 6 PM today...
Periods of light snow are expected today. Areas north of a line
from Wausau to Marinette to Sturgeon Bay are expected to receive 2
to 4 inches of snow during the day. Areas to the south should
receive 1 to 3 inches. Some freezing drizzle is expected this
morning. The combination of snow and freezing drizzle will lead to
very slippery roadways.

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow and freezing
drizzle will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery
roads and limited visibilities... and use caution while driving.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

Southern Wisconsin:
Snow and Blowing Snow Advisory in effect until 6 PM CST this afternoon...
West to southwest winds of 20 to 30 mph...with some gusts towards
40 mph... will combine with light snow to create reduced
visibilities.

A Snow and Blowing Snow Advisory is issued when visibilities will
be occasionally limited to 1/4 mile or less due to a combination
of falling and blowing snow. Use caution when traveling...
especially in open areas.

Light snow will continue to fall over much of southern Wisconsin this morning. Visibilities will be reduced to around 1 mile in the heavier snow. In addition...brisk southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 30 mph are expected to increase to 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph by mid morning. These winds will cause drifting snow across mainly north south roads in rural areas. Motorists are urged to be alert for rapidly changing Road conditions.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with wind and snow showers covering most of the state, temps are in the mid- 20s north and in the upper 20s to near 30 central and south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: So folks all around the Fox Valley are waking up this morning asking, hey, where's all that snow we were promised? Remember what Meteorologists were saying all week, that depending on how this thing tracks, we could get heavy snow like northern Wisconsin or almost all rain like southern Wisconsin. On my Appleton driveway, it was mostly rain mixed in with some ice pellets, and just an inch or two of snow accumulation this morning. There was a nice gloss of ice covering my car after work yesterday, though. Rhinelander got 7" of new snow over the last 24 hours as of 6 a.m., Green Bay reported 2", and Madison/Milwaukee reported just over 1". We're not quite done yet though, as all of us are still under an advisory until 6 p.m. this evening with 1-3" of snow still expected to fall today courtesy of the low pressure system's wraparound moisture. Combine that with blowing snow and rain that assumably froze overnight and travel will still be tricky today.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today: Windy with snow showers likely. 1-3" of accumulation is expected. High of 34. Chance of snow 90%.

Tonight: Windy with more snow showers. Maybe another inch of accumulation. Lows upper teens. Chance of snow 60%.

Saturday: Windy with morning snow showers diminishing to flurries. Decreasing clouds late. Highs mid- 20s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs upper 20s central, near 30 south.

Next Week:
Monday: Mostly cloudy, maybe some morning flurries. Highs 32-37.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, light snow or flurries possible north. Highs 29-34.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, warmer, light rain or snow possible north. Highs 42-47.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine through the weekend, highs 60-65.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Breezy with morning thundershowers, then partly cloudy through the weekend. Highs mid- 60s today, near 70 tomorrow, and near 60 on Sunday.
High surf advisory in effect until 10 am EST this morning...
Gusty winds from the south and southwest will continue to create
waves of 5 to 8 feet in the surf zone along the beaches of south
coastal South Carolina and southeast Georgia through mid morning.
By late in the morning... after a cold front pushes through... winds
out of the west will allow waves to subside very quickly.
Minor beach erosion is also possible... especially along south
facing beaches.

A high surf advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in
the advisory area... producing rip currents and localized beach
erosion.

The line of showers and thunderstorms will continue to break up and move northeast over the area through 9 am. Most of the activity is occurring east of Interstate 95 in southeast South Carolina...and along Interstate 95 in southeastern Georgia. Brief heavy rains and gusty winds up to 35 mph is expected. A few cloud to ground lightning strikes is still possible. Additional rainfall amounts will be up to a quarter inch with isolated higher amounts possible.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Sunshine through the weekend except for perhaps an isolated afternoon shower on Saturday. Highs lower 70s today and mid- 60s this weekend.

... Record high temperature set at Galveston...
... February 2007 was the driest February on record...

a record high temperature of 79 degrees was set at Galveston
yesterday. This breaks the old record of 77 set in 2000.

Only 0.03 inches of rain fell during the month. This is the driest
February in recorded history. The previous driest February occurred
back in 1954 (0.09 inches).
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Windy with isolated thunderstorms today, flurries on Saturday, and sunshine on Sunday. Highs mid- 50s today, upper 30s tomorrow and lower 40s on Sunday.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate


Weather in the News:

Same snowy story: Blizzard hits Midwest, Plains
• Schools closed in several states, flights canceled
• Omaha, Nebraska got a foot of snow
• 20 inches of snow could fall in Wisconsin through Friday
• 400 flights canceled at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Heavy, wet snow and blizzard conditions hit the Plains and Midwest on Thursday, shutting down hundreds of miles of interstate.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/03/01/midwest.snow.ap/index.html

Tornado death toll rises to 21
• Three more teens reported dead in Alabama school
• Storms swept through Georgia, killing nine people overnight
• One fatality blamed on tornado in Missouri
AMERICUS, Georgia (CNN) -- Deadly storms swept through Georgia killing at least nine people Thursday night just hours after wreaking havoc in neighboring Alabama.
Eight teenagers are known to have died while sheltering in a school in Enterprise, Alabama, the mayor told CNN. Earlier it was thought five children died there.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/03/02/severe.weather/index.html

Arctic Canadians say U.S. emissions violate human rights
• Activists from northern Canada say global warming threatens them
• They ask international commission for relief from impact of warming
• Group says emissions from U.S. cause warming, are a human rights violation
• Commission has no authority to make U.S. curb emissions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Northern Canadians told an international commission Thursday that carbon emissions from the United States have contributed so much to global warming that they should be considered a human rights violation. One activist said temperatures have climbed so much that Arctic residents need air conditioners.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/americas/03/01/us.canada.climate.ap/index.html


In Case You Missed It:

A new view of Saturn: 'breathtaking'
• International spacecraft Cassini sent new angle of Saturn's rings to earth
• Planet is fully surrounded by the rings, images show
• NASA has waited for years to see the rings in this way
PASADENA, California (AP) -- The international Cassini spacecraft has beamed back to Earth never-before-seen angles of Saturn from high above and below its majestic rings.
The planet is fully surrounded by the rings in images released Thursday by NASA.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/space/03/01/saturn.rings.ap/index.html
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/press-release-details.cfm?newsID=725

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Wisconsin Weather Update for March 1, 2007.

By: HaleStorm, 1:15 PM GMT on March 01, 2007

Good Thursday morning!

Wheel of Fortune
The last normal-valued game of the regular season is today. Next week's games have been decided thanks to you guys, and there won't be an update next week Wednesday so I will have games Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

Puzzle #1:
_ _ _ E R
O R
_ L _ S T _ _
S _ R _ E R _
Category: Before and After
Used Letters: RSTLNE BDMO
Point Value: 2

Puzzle #2:
_ U _ _
L _ _ _ T _ E _ R
Category: Fictional Character
Used Letters: RSTLNE CDPU
Point Value: 1

Puzzle #3:
C R _ _ N _
_ _ L _
Category: Phrase
Used Letters: RSTLNE CHPA
Point Value: 1

Rules and How to Play
http://www.lutheransonline.com/weather/rules


Weather Update Poll Results:
Usually during double-point week I choose games which are based more on user submissions instead of puzzles with definitive answers, just to make the standings wobble a bit more. But this will work great too.
Which three games should I play next week for double-point week? (vote up to three games) [69 votes total]
Chain Reaction (15) 22%
Mad Gab (15) 22%
Outburst (11) 16%
Wheel of Fortune (9) 13%
Family Feud (8) 12%
Match Game (4) 6%
Would You Rather... (4) 6%
iMAgiNiff... (3) 4%
http://vote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/773847
Archive:
http://vote.sparklit.com/archive.spark?archiveID=334188


February 2007 Forecast Stats:
Forecasts 20
Error Points 43
Average 2.15
Error > 4 4
% Within 4 80%
Bulls-Eye 5
% Bulls-Eye 25%


Today’s forecast grade: D


Important Weather Statement: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Northern Wisconsin and the Fox Cities:
Winter Storm Warning in effect until 6 am Friday...
A total snowfall of 10 to 16 inches is expected north of a line
from Wausau... to Marinette... to Fish Creek. Mixed precipitation
will result in lower totals farther south. 8 to 12 inches is
expected in the Marshfield... Wisconsin Rapids... and Waupaca areas.
6 to 10 inches is expected in the Wautoma... Oshkosh... Appleton...
and Green Bay areas. Locations south and east of Green Bay... such
as Manitowoc... Two Rivers... and Kewaunee are expected to receive 4
to 8 inches of snow.

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow...
sleet... and ice are expected. Strong east winds are also expected.
The storm will make travel difficult if not impossible. The snow
is also expected to be of the wet heavy variety... and will be very
difficult to shovel.

...Major winter storm expected to affect the area today and tonight...

A major snowstorm will affect the region today and tonight. The storm
will bring heavy snow to north-central and far northeast Wisconsin.
A total snowfall of 10 to 16 inches is expected north of a line
from Wausau...to Marinette...to Fish Creek. Mixed precipitation
will result in lower totals farther south.

The initial band of snow with the storm had shifted into Upper Michigan.
That resulted in a lull in the snow. Mainly flurries and patchy
freezing drizzle were occurring across the area at daybreak.

A couple more bands of precipitation surging out ahead of the main storm
system will move across the area during the day. That will result in
fairly heavy precipitation at times and very light precipitation at
others. The significant precipitation should be mainly snow this
morning...but will become a mix of snow and sleet in east-central
Wisconsin this afternoon.

A band of very heavy precipitation...probably accompanied by thunder and
lightning...will develop over southwest Wisconsin this afternoon and
then surge northeast across the area late this afternoon and tonight.
The mixed precipitation is expected to change back to snow as the band
moves across the region. Travel conditions will deteriorate very rapidly
as the band moves across the region. The band will probably affect areas
from Highway 29 southward during the afternoon rush hour. Areas farther
north will be affected during the early evening.

Conditions will start to slowly improve in central and east-central
Wisconsin during the evening. Snow is expected to continue across the
north through the night.

The snow from this storm will be wet and heavy. That will make shoveling
and plowing difficult. Use extra caution when shoveling or snow blowing.
If you have a health condition that prevents strenuous activity...have
someone else do the snow removal if possible.

Be sure to monitor later statements on this potentially dangerous
weather situation.

NowCast:

The initial band of snow associated with the storm system bearing down on the area was now over Upper Michigan. Occasional light snow and flurries along with some freezing drizzle were occurring in its wake. A band of precipitation over southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois was headed north. It should move into the Chilton and Manitowoc areas around 730 am. It should continue north into the Wautoma...Oshkosh... Appleton...and Kewaunee areas around 830 am. Precipitation with the band should fall as mainly snow. The band is expected to continue north later in the morning. Roadways across the area were generally snow covered from the snow that fell with the initial band. Use extra caution when driving to work this morning.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB


Southern Wisconsin:
... Winter Weather Advisory in effect until noon CST today...

A mixture of snow and sleet along with scattered thunderstorms
will produce several inches of slushy accumulation this morning.

A Winter Weather Advisory is issued when a mixture of snow...
and/or freezing rain will cause difficult travel. Be prepared for
slippery roads. Use caution while driving.

NowCast:

A large area of rain snow and sleet...along with scattered thunderstorms...is moving north around 30 mph across southern Wisconsin. An area of mixed precipitation across Washington...Ozaukee...Waukesha and Milwaukee counties will cause snow and sleet covered roads during the morning rush hour. This area of precipitation should turn to all rain after 8 am. A quick inch of snow could be expected under areas of more intense precipitation. Another area of moderate rain and scattered thunderstorms extends from near Madison to Lake Geneva. This precipitation will produce wet and slippery roads. The precipitation area should reach the Fond Du Lac and Sheboygan areas by 7 am and should begin as a mixture of snow...sleet and rain. Motorists should be alert for changing driving conditions.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX&StateCode=WI&SafeCityName=Madison


Wisconsin Forecast:
Now: At 7am with scattered light snow showers north and central and a heavier band of rain moving into southern Wisconsin, temps are in the mid- 20s north, near 30 central and the lower 30s south.
http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/wi/hourly.html
http://www.pollen.com/state.asp?id=wi

Synopsis: March is coming in like a lion! The initial burst of snow has come and gone, with most areas around here getting about 2", give or take a bit. However, before you start cursing your local Meteorologist for overhyping yet another storm, keep in mind that the main low pressure system is still in eastern Kansas and western Missouri. Much more interesting weather is ahead for the Midwest over the next 36 hours with heavy snow expected to redevelop later today and especially tonight north and central, with the precip showing up as showers and thunderstorms south as temperatures near the 40-degree mark by lunchtime. And in southern Missouri, a slew of Tornado Warnings are currently issued, so they're waking up to more fun than we are.
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif

Today:
North: Blustery with snow redeveloping, and becoming heavy late. (2-4") Highs near 30.
Central: Blustery with snow redeveloping, becoming heavier later today and perhaps mixing with sleet or even rain. (2-3" of snowfall expected.) High of 33.
South: Blustery with early morning sleet changing over to rain showers and thunderstorms. Highs near 40.

Tonight:
North: Windy with heavy snow. (7-10"!) Lows near 20.
Central: Windy with sleet changing back over to snow. (2-4") Lows mid- 20s.
South: Windy with rain changing over to sleet or snow. (~1") Lows mid- 20s.

Tomorrow: Windy with snow showers. (1-3") Highs lower 30s.

Extended:
Saturday: Morning light snow showers, then decreasing clouds and winds. Highs 23-28.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, highs 32-37.
Next Week’s Outlook: Maybe some light rain or snow Wednesday night, otherwise look for a fairly seasonable week with highs mostly in the mid- to upper 30s.


Today in Las Vegas, Nevada: Sunshine, highs upper 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USNV0040

Today in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina: Windy, showers and thunderstorms, some perhaps severe, highs upper 60s.
Wind Advisory in effect from noon today to 11 PM EST this evening...
A strong storm system approaching the area from the west is
expected to produce strong gusty winds across southern South
Carolina this afternoon into tonight. East winds this morning of
15 to 25 mph will become quite gusty by midday. This
afternoon... sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph are expected to
develop. Gusts as high as 45 mph are possible. Tonight... although
winds should remain fairly strong... speeds should diminish to 20
to 30 mph with some higher gusts after midnight.

A Wind Advisory means that winds of 35 mph are expected. Winds
this strong can make driving difficult... especially for high
profile vehicles. Use extra caution especially on bridges and
overpasses.

... A significant severe weather outbreak is possible this afternoon through tonight...

A significant severe weather outbreak is possible as the environment
becomes conducive for severe weather this afternoon and tonight. The
Storm Prediction Center has placed all of southeast South Carolina
and southeast Georgia in a moderate risk for severe weather as a
result.

Showers and thunderstorms will develop across the area in
association with an approaching warm front... moving from interior
southeast Georgia late this morning and early this
afternoon... northeast into southern South Carolina by late this
afternoon and early this evening. Another line of showers and
thunderstorms is then expected to move east across the area
overnight tonight into early Friday morning ahead of a strong cold
front.

Very strong winds in the low levels of the atmosphere will make
damaging wind gusts in excess of 70 mph the primary severe weather
threat this afternoon and tonight. Strong wind shear... or rapid
change in wind speed and/or direction with height... will also make
isolated tornadoes a possibility. Of particular concern... any
tornado that does develop could be strong and long tracked. To a
lesser extent... large hail could also occur.

With the timing of the severe weather possibly occurring during the
overnight hours... having a NOAA Weather Radio all hazards receiver
can be a vital part of an emergency plan. Make sure to turn the
alert function on as the only notification you may receive about
overnight storms is the alert from a NOAA Weather Radio all hazards.

Law enforcement agencies... emergency management officials and
spotter groups should monitor the latest weather conditions and be
prepared for possible activation this afternoon and tonight.

This is a potentially dangerous situation. Stay tuned to NOAA
Weather Radio all hazards... TV or your local news source for the
latest statements as well as possible severe weather watches and
warnings from the National Weather Service in Charleston. For
additional information... you may also visit our website at
weather.Gov/chs
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USSC0155

Today in League City and Pearland, Texas: Scattered morning showers, then decreasing clouds. Breezy, highs upper 70s.
Very light rain showers have begun to develop over the region. These showers will scoot to the northeast at 40 mph. Rainfall amounts will average a tenth of an inch or less.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USTX1029

Today in Evansville, Indiana: Breezy, showers and thunderstorms, some perhaps severe, highs mid- 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IN/Evansville/KEVV.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USIN0190

Vernon, Connecticut Forecast Link:
http://www.wunderground.com/US/CT/Vernon.html
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USCT0236


Yesterday’s Climate Data Links: (Courtesy of the National Weather Service)
Wisconsin
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=wi&prodtype=climate
Illinois
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=il&prodtype=climate
Indiana
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=in&prodtype=climate
Nevada
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=nv&prodtype=climate
South Carolina
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=sc&prodtype=climate
Texas
http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=tx&prodtype=climate

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